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Alphabet's Secret Plan For The Mobile City Of The Future

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet that spun out of Google in 2015, could make it easier to drive and park in cities by creating hybrid public and private transportation options that rely on ride-share services such as Uber -- or perhaps Google's autonomous cars. The Guardian obtained documents that show how Sidewalk's app, Flow, would use camera-equipped vehicles, like Google’s Street View cars, to count all the public parking spaces in a city and read roadside parking signs. It would then combine data from drivers using Google Maps with live information from city parking meters to estimate the available spaces. Drivers would be directed to available spaces. 

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