Google ends plans for smart city in Toronto

Google smart city in Toronto

Google’s sister firm Sidewalk Labs has scrapped a plan to build a smart city in Canada, citing complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For several years it had pursued ambitions to build a digital-first city in Toronto “from the internet up”.

Chief executive Dan Doctoroff blamed “unprecedented economic uncertainty” for abandoning the plan.

The project had proved controversial and Sidewalk Labs had already been forced to scale back its ambitions.


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