Alphabet Inc. unveiled a foremost waterfront redevelopment project in Toronto as its futuristic urban vision. This initiative embraces a vision for a 21st transportation system with on-call autonomous vehicles and these autonomous vehicles will be supplied by Waymo.
Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Lab LLC (a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc.) revealed plans to develop an urban district in the largest city in Canada. On Tuesday, Sidewalk released its official plans about the city which includes its vision of robotic transport such as large self-driving vans, driverless bike-like vehicles and even autonomous trash collection.
Alphabet’s plan exposes its broad objective for autonomous vehicles and how the Alphabet CEO Larry Page sees the latest technology as a key tool to modernize cities with ease. Alphabet businesses are likely to be independent, but Alphabet Inc.’s urban innovation organization, Sidewalk Labs’ plan advocates multiple divisions can still work collectively on big initiatives.
As Sidewalk stated, it is going to tap partners such as Alphabet’s Waymo to examine multiple types of self-driving vehicles. It also proposed a van with 6-12 seats for low-density transit routes. They prefer to get personal vehicle more like a bike in size than a car. Spokesman of Waymo refused to comment on it.
According to Sidewalk Labs’ plan, they would like to work with companies like Alphabet’s Waymo to deploy a “baseline task force of taxi boats and multi-passenger vanbots”. It also welcomes existing providers like Lyft. The main purpose of a taxibot system is to utilize the competition to enhance user experience and encourage individuals to include any privately-owned -driving vehicles in the system.
In an easy term, the subsidiary of Alphabet is planning to run a 6-12 person self-governing transport in the summer in a particular area of Toronto. Sidewalk also adds that single-person self-driving shuttle might ultimately be incorporated into an elevated transport system like gondola.
Surprising, the parent company of Google, Alphabet unit also makes a strategy to move goods as well through its urban city vision. It foresees an internal robot delivery system for all residents in the Quayside area and businesses located in Toronto. It’s also seeking to expand it further. Lastly, a four-part solid waste arrangement Sidewalk imagines would comprise a waste hauling system that relies on self-ruling vehicle technology.