Kansas City pegged to assist Google parent in developing smart transportation platform

Sidewalk Labs and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday they will work with Kansas City and a half-dozen other cities to build a new smart transportation tool.

Sidewalk Labs is owned by Alphabet Inc., a holding company for Google Inc. and a variety of tech efforts, including Google Fiber.

Kansas City will compete for as much as $50 million to aid in designing Flow, described as the first platform for analyzing transportation and actually helping change transportation patterns by sharing information with the public. The platform will pull in data from sources including Waze and Google Maps to understand transportation congestion and identify areas underserved by transit.

Kansas City is currently engaged in a $15 million Smart City initiative concentrated along the new 2.2-mile downtown streetcar line, where a network of smart kiosks were installed to offer information on city services and area businesses.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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