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Published on : Apr 10, 2018

Futuristic smart cities are where most technology companies are betting big these days. And Sidewalk Labs, which is Alphabet Inc.'s urban innovation arm, is the latest to create news in this direction with the announcement of its maiden smart-city project in Toronto in 2020. To that end, it is going to start testing a few technologies this summer itself, informed the chief executive of the company.

This is the first time that a timeline has been revealed to the public for the project. Overall, the project intends to up efficiency of land, bring down costs, and save energy in a housing market that is considered one of the most expensive and swiftly-expanding in the world on account of a burgeoning population demanding accommodation.

Project to Complete by 2022

Waterfront Toronto, a government-backed agency, which invited proposals in March last year for developing a 12-acre eco-friendly area for various ages, zeroed in Sidewalk Labs for carrying out the task. Sidewalk Labs proposed building a thermal grid which does not use fossil fuels, inexpensive modular buildings with different uses, and automated waste management systems and delivery.

The proposed smart city project is the first part of a revitalization plan of an 800 acre industrial wasteland to the east of the downtown situated on Lake Ontario. It would generate jobs and be affordable for people having different income.

The detailed plan will be likely approved by the Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk boards by 2018-end. The residents are expected to move in by 2022.