“We have an opportunity, to fundamentally redefine what urban life can actually be.”

Google to beta test smart city in Toronto

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Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Google's Side Walk Labs are partnering with the city of Toronto to build the first high-tech city, in part thanks to a chunk of undeveloped land right next to the high-density downtown core. In the video above, YouTubber The Money GPS thinks that George Orwell's 1984 is becoming a reality.

While the company scouted locations for the project last year, Doctoroff wrote that he envisioned the city of the future offering free Wi-Fi throughout, relying on sustainable energy, having automated trash systems, and being outfitted with self-driving cars in mind. These innovations, he said, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds and save the average resident an hour each day, thanks largely to transportation improvements.

They would also put every resident within a short walk of green space, he wrote, since autonomous cars would require fewer street lanes and parking spaces.

"Over time," Doctoroff said during the conference, "we believe Sidewalk Toronto can demonstrate to the world how to make living in cities cheaper, more convenient, healthier, greener, fairer, and even maybe more exciting. And it can create the conditions for people, companies, startups, and local organizations to innovate on top of, making Toronto the global hub of new industry at the intersection of cities and technologies."

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