Google, Amazon, and the battle to shape the future of urban cities
Google, the world’s largest search engine, is launching a partnership with Amazon on a new initiative aimed at shaping urban growth.
In the same way that Google’s Street View camera system helped the search giant create a map of every street in San Francisco, the partnership aims to build a map to make it easier to spot changes in the population density of a neighborhood.
The idea is that these maps will be useful for the city’s planners, so that when the next big boom occurs in the area, they can anticipate the needs of the neighborhood before the next wave of housing starts to arrive.
The partnership comes amid a major surge in the number of homes and apartments in major urban areas.
Amazon, which owns Whole Foods, is currently working on an expansion of its online grocery store, which is expected to create an estimated 3 million jobs by 2040, and Google has been working on a program called Project Binge On, which would make its mobile phones available in cities where they are already popular.
Google’s partnership with Google, which includes the Google Maps and Google Cloud Platform cloud services, is expected in the next few months.
Google, whose data has become an integral part of cities and neighborhoods, will have access to the citywide maps that are being used to plan the construction of new housing.
The citywide mapping program is not just a matter of data collection and mapping data; the company is hoping to use it to build partnerships with companies and institutions that can help guide the city as it works to shape how people live in the future.