Monday June 27, 2016

Secretive Alphabet Division Taking Control Of Public Transit?

This article claims that Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is offering its cloud software to cities to upgrade bus and parking services and bring them under Google’s management.

Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls "new superpowers to extend access and mobility", could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber. But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google’s own technologies, experts fear.

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