Google is planning to invest big on improving the way cities function and is aiming to enhance cities with latest technologies. The company announced that it has come up with a new company, known as Sidewalk Labs, which will be purely focusing on the development of innovative technologies that will in turn make the cities smarter.
This new venture by Google will be taking care of the problems encompassing urbanization — it includes enhanced transportation system, less power consumption, and reduced livelihood cost. After the making the announcement, Google CEO, Larry Page, revealed more information about the Sidewalk Labs on Google+.
In a post published on Google+, Larry told,“Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.”
The post also talked about how that the investment made in the Sidewalk Labs is co-related to the efforts put in by the company in ‘Google X arm’, which is a likewise project by Google involving Project Loon (focused on making the internet more available worldwide) and Self-driving cars. In its initial phase, Google will be making a humble investment in the Sidewalk Labs. It would be interesting to see what developments this project brings about in the way our cities function.