Quitting Quayside: what’s next for Sidewalk Labs and investment in smart cities of the future?

After nearly three years of revisions spurred by public opposition and data privacy concerns, project approvals for Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside “smart city” project in Toronto were set for a June 25 vote. But recently, in an open post on Medium, CEO Dan Doctoroff announced that Sidewalk is dropping the project. So what’s next for the Alphabet-backed startup? In this long-form article, we take a look at its plans for Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, and how its investment model could help spur innovation across a spate of technologies in diverse market sectors, from mobility and wastewater to renewables and other “smart city” technologies.

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