Portland's Parking, Transit Management Loses Out on Google 'Sidewalk Labs' Integration


A Google sister company recently sought to integrate itself into Portland's parking and transit management. The proposal came shortly after Portland was in March named a finalist in the U.S. Transportation Department's Smart City Challenge, a competition for a 40 million federal grant that ultimately went to Columbus, Ohio. Google sibling Sidewalk Labs sent Portland and other finalist cities documents, obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive, that offer a rare look into the company's plans. It's also a glimpse at a future where cities are increasingly dependent on technology firms for services to help deal with urban congestion. Sidewalk was a partner in the competition and offered temporarily free use of its technology to the winning city.