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Google has made a big commitment to urban innovation with the launch of Sidewalk Labs — a company that “will develop technology at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, with a focus on improving city life for residents, businesses and governments.”

Dan Doctoroff, the former CEO of Bloomberg LP and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York, will serve as CEO.

Based in New York City, Sidewalk Labs “will combine Dan’s experience in building and managing cities, with Google’s funding and support,” to create urban technology.

Google was motivated by the world’s massive urban shift and the need for innovation to make cities more livable — more environmentally conscious, efficient and affordable.

Sidewalk Labs will develop new products, platforms and partnerships to make progress in areas such as traffic, energy usage, internet innovation, pollution reduction and effective governance.

“We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities,” Doctoroff said.

“At a time when the concerns about urban equity, costs, health and the environment are intensifying, unprecedented technological change is going to enable cities to be more efficient, responsive, flexible and resilient. We hope that Sidewalk will play a major role in developing technology products, platforms and advanced infrastructure that can be implemented at scale in cities around the world.”

“Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important,” said Larry Page, shedding more light on Google’s stake in Sidewalk Labs.

“And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless.”

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