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Published on June 28th, 2015 | by James Ayre


Google Launches “Sidewalk Labs,” Smart City Startup

June 28th, 2015 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

The seemingly ever-growing tech giant Google has now launched its first startup focused on the so-called “Smart Cities” movement, according to recent reports.

sidewalk labs

The company — which has been dubbed Sidewalk Labs — will of course focus on “urban issues.” Specifically, it will address issues of livability and business support, via the development and “incubation” of civil technologies,” amongst other things.

Here’s the specific quote, from the recent press release announcing the launch of the startup, concerning that direction of intent: “Sidewalk Labs is an urban innovation company devoted to improving city life for residents, businesses and city governments, in particular by developing and incubating civic technologies….”

Hmm, bit of a vague statement, but given Google’s involvement, the general direction of the startup’s future is probably pretty clear. With that much money behind the company, perhaps Sidewalk Labs will make some interesting moves in the coming years?

Image by Sidewalk Labs

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • Kyle Field

    From the recent news article on the site: “[the venture] will help make cities connected places where you can walk down any street and access free ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, find transit and wayfinding information, access information about city services ”


    “by integrating new technologies into existing infrastructure cities can reinvent these assets – providing not just more modern, free services to citizens but even more revenue to cities.”

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