Hot spots are emerging in urban areas across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where social distancing is challenging and missing work can mean not eating.
Streets arranged in grids, with few dead-ends, encourage walking and transit. But in developing countries, growing cities are taking the opposite route.
In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.
The pandemic highlights the vulnerability of workers for private transportation services, which are essential to mobility in global south cities.
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is testing icons that provide “digital transparency” when information is collected in public spaces.