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Future Directions: Blockchain in the Automotive Ecosystem
Alan Gordon (Technical Leader, Ford Research & Innovation Center)
Siva Uppalapati (Chair, Vehicle Technology Society, IEEE, Santa Clara Section)
Michael Vo (CTO, Mobility Open Blockchain Iniitiative)
Location: Room 206
Date: Wednesday, August 28
Time: 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Track: Drive - Autonomous & ADAS
Format: Technical Session
Vault Recording: TBD
Led by Siva Uppalapati, Chair of the Vehicle Technology Society for the IEEE Santa Clara Section, this session brings together experts in automotive and blockchain, each bringing their own unique perspective to Drive World. Join them as they each present their lightning talk, detailed below, and then get involved in the discussion.
IEEE Blockchain Initiative and Blockchain Ecosystem
Speaker: Siva Uppalapati, Chair, Vehicle Technology Society, IEEE - Santa Clara Section
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is one of the world's largest technical professional organizations with 423,000 members in 160 countries. In January 2018, the IEEE Blockchain initiative was launched to pursue a comprehensive set of projects and activities through various committees focused on community development, conferences, education, publications, standards, and special projects. Over 200 volunteers from all over the world are involved in driving these activities. IEEE also develops global standards in a broad range of industries. IEEE has over 1000 active standards with over 600 standards under development. Currently, IEEE has several active blockchain standards working groups (P2418 and P2140 series) focused on the areas of IoT, energy, supply chain, agriculture, digital asset management, and healthcare. This talk will discuss various activities carried out by the initiative. Also, this talk will provide an overview of the blockchain ecosystem from a global perspective.
Vehicle Identity, It’s Just a Start
Speaker: Alan Gordon, Technical Leaders, Ford Research & Innovation Center
One could argue that the last time that the transportation industry was disrupted the way that it is now was when Henry Ford created the Model T. Change is unsettling but it also presents an opportunity. How people pay for transportation services, how people are taxed to pay for infrastructure, how much information is captured and exchanged as goods and services move around within the environment, all of these things will change and it’s a great time to also look at the way people, vehicles, and service providers transact with each other in the transportation ecosystem. It’s this opportunity that prompted me to get involved with MOBI and with the VID working group. While it seems like a simple thing, creating a multi-OEM standard for a secure and provable way for a vehicle to identity itself and make claims about itself on a distributed ledger is a potential game changer, but it’s just a start.
Vehicle Identity on Blockchain: The Foundational Piece for a Decentralized Mobility Network
Speaker: Michael Vo, CTO, Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)
Vehicle Identity on Blockchain (VID) is the foundational piece that offers an alternative where sharing and regulating vehicular data and infrastructure is easily possible. This behavior in turn simplifies complex trusted single entity systems.The VID is designed so that the data can be secured and stored on a decentralized infrastructure with permissioned user access. This fact enables mobility providers to verify the identity and associated metadata, enabling connected vehicles with their infrastructure and consumers. Further, it allows vehicles to store digital currency accounts to establish secure transactions with the external world enabling an ecosystem for connected autonomy, micropayments, data/energy exchange, and ultimately, making mobility greener, safer, cheaper, and accessible for all.