Sidewalk Labs’ Role in Columbus Smart City Program Appears Limited For Now

As a sweeping program to test new transportation technology in Columbus, Ohio gets underway, Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs is on track to have only narrow involvement—limited to a logistics system for non-emergency medical travel, according to program officials and a document the company submitted to the city…. 

…Looking ahead, the program will not only be about deploying high-tech hardware. “We have groups that are involved in a lot of the mapping and the geospatial work that needs to be done, public policy, urban and regional planning, law,” Carla Bailo, assistant vice president for mobility research and business development at The Ohio State University, said last week.