New urban tech coalition weighs in on US infrastructure plan

As President Biden’s flagship infrastructure bill advances, the Coalition for Urban Innovation has formed to fight the corner for emerging and advanced technologies, from data platforms and sensors to smart transport and buildings.

The founding members, comprising more than a dozen organisations and advisors from the public, private and non-profit sectors, include Sidewalk Labs, Smart Cities Council, Accelerator for America and Via Transportation. They are urging federal and local government leaders to look to the “cutting edge of what is possible” as infrastructure is upgraded.

The group will advocate for enhanced federal investments, coordination, research and technical support to “ensure urban innovation is prioritised in infrastructure spending to make our cities more sustainable and equitable”.