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Google’s Sister Company ‘Sidewalk Labs’ Planning to Convert Canada into High-Tech Smart City

The utopia-style area in Toronto's eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said

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The utopia-style area in Toronto's eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs has revealed a massive plan for investing about $990 million to build a waterfront area in Toronto, Canada into a high-tech smart city.

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said the company is releasing the draft Master Innovation and Development Plan for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, titled “Toronto Tomorrow: A New Approach for Inclusive Growth” after 18 months of preparations.

He said the project will be a joint collaboration between government agencies at various levels, non-profit partners and more than 100 Toronto firms, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

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Sidewalk Labs has revealed a massive plan for investing about $990 million to build a waterfront area in Toronto, Canada into a high-tech smart city. Wikimedia Commons

Under the plan of the Alphabet-owned company, a slice of the Toronto-based Quayside waterfront area will be turned into a high-tech smart city featuring buildings made from timbers, green energy, low emissions of greenhouse gas, a modular pavement system that is easy to repurpose for future temporary events, and installation of public WiFi service.

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Doctoroff said when the project of a smart city within a city, a vision long championed by Alphabet CEO Larry Page, is completed by 2040, it will directly create 44,000 jobs and generate $3.26 billion in annual tax revenue, plus an annual gross domestic product of $10.78 billion.

He called the master plan one that would produce the most innovative district in the world, which would reflect nearly every dimension of urban life, from mobility, sustainability, public realm and buildings to digital innovation. The utopia-style area in Toronto’s eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said. Alphabet Inc. is the owner of Google and Sidewalk. (IANS)

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Tesla’s Major V3 Supercharger Rollout Starts in Canada

Depending on the model, Tesla's EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

In a good news for the users who want to top up their Tesla using an extra-speedy V3 Supercharger, the EV maker said that 26 of the 46 Supercharger stations under construction along the Trans-Canada Highway will be V3 models.

This is the first large-scale deployment of the faster chargers — there are only a handful of them in the US.

This is an unusual focus for Tesla when it tends to serve the US first, but it makes sense given the realities of the Canadian driving. It’s a more sparsely populated country with longer stretches between cities than you see stateside, Engadget reported on Sunday quoting The Verge.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

Depending on the model, Tesla’s EVs sport battery capacities that range between 50kWh-100kWh.

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The timing of the news is convenient. VW’s Electrify Canada (a sibling to Electrify America) just opened its first fast EV charging station as part of a plan to install 32 sites in the four most populous provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia), the report added. (IANS)