Alphabet’s Sidewalk Preps Proposal for Digital District

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is nearing a big decision point in one of the company’s most ambitious projects: the possible construction of a futuristic district.

Sidewalk chief Dan Doctoroff and his team plan to discuss the secret project, codenamed “Project Sidewalk”, with Alphabet CEO Larry Page in the coming weeks. If Mr. Page gives the green light, they could solicit bids from counties and states as soon as later this year.

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Another project Sidewalk has studied closely: Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. The city, which broke ground in 2008, has an alternative energy bent. It is backed by Abu Dhabi’s government.

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The idea under consideration is for Sidewalk to create an area in the U.S. that serves as a testbed for new technologies from superfast Internet to autonomous cars.