Sidewalk Labs will be using the ideas developed over the last two-and-a-half years to solve big urban problems.

What you need to know

  • Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is abandoning the Quayside waterfront project in Toronto.
  • Sidewalk Labs had to make the difficult decision due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
  • It had announced the high-tech smart city project in 2017 in partnership with Waterfront Toronto.

Alphabet’s urban innovation organization Sidewalk Labs had announced a joint effort with Waterfront Toronto to develop a “high-tech city” on Toronto’s eastern waterfront in October 2017. Unfortunately, Sidewalk Labs has decided to abruptly scrap the project due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sidewalk Labs CEO Daniel Doctoroff wrote in a post on Medium that it has become too difficult for the company to make the project financially viable due to the “unprecedented…

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