Google launches company to tackle the woes of city life
Google on Wednesday unveiled a company devoted to making a thriving business out of solving bigcity problems such as overpriced housing and traffic-snarled streets.
Sidewalk Labs based in New York City was described as an “urban innovation” firm with a mission to develop technology that makes living and running big cities better.
“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,” chief ex- ecutive Larry Page said in a post at the Internet titan’s Google+ social network.
Sidewalk will be headed by Dan Doctoroff, a former chief executive of Bloomberg LP and New York city deputy mayor of economic development under then Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities,” Doctoroff said in a release.
“We hope that Sidewalk will play a major role in developing technology products, platforms and advanced infrastructure that can be implemented at scale in cities around the world.”