Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet, abandoned its smart city project in Portland. The company said it was "unwilling to share data to the level of detail requested by the city."
- In 2019, Sidewalk Labs partnered with Portland to track the movement of citizens and use the data to help city officials reduce congestion and increase mobility.
- Sidewalk Labs used its Replica software to aggregate data. Replica would later be spun off into a separate company that took full control of the project.
- Differences over data transparency hampered the project's progress, as Replica wouldn't share subjects' personal data, which reportedly frustrated Portland officials.
- Last year, Sidewalk Labs ended plans for a $900M project to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto, Canada, due to economic uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.