Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs plans to take over public transport in Columbus, Ohio

When it was spun out from Google last year, Sidewalk Labs promised to improve urban living by creating “smart cities.” Now, in documents obtained by the Guardian, we’ve got an idea of exactly how the Alphabet company envisions these cities will work. In proposals offered to Columbus, Ohio — the winner of the $40 million Smart City challenge award organized by the US Department of Transport — Sidewalk Labs says it will use camera-equipped cars to keep track of empty private parking spaces and offer them for short-term rental, and combine various methods of transport under one app, integrating car-sharing services, bus routes, and even bike lanes to create a new kind of public transport.

The company is reportedly offering Columbus a…

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