Autonomous Vehicles: GM, Ford & Constellation Network Develop Data Sharing Standard

Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) members General Motors (GM), Ford, and Constellation Network have all agreed to develop a new way for autonomous vehicles to share information in the coming years.

As a part of the effort, the working group that includes GM, Ford, and Constellation Network, has created a wide-reaching document that will help the Connected Mobility Data Marketplace to grow into a data-sharing network.

There is going to be a big push into autonomous vehicles in the coming decade, and getting the data sharing protocols right at the beginning of the development cycle is key. Unlike many other forms of data, autonomous vehicles handle people, and thus, they a are a critical component of public safety.

MOBI Sees the Need for Synergies

Electric vehicles, like Tesla, are grabbing headlines – but autonomous vehicles could be an even bigger influence on how both personal, and commercial transportation happen over the next ten years.

At this point, most major automobile companies, such as Tesla, General Motors, Ford, Daimler, and BMW are working with autonomous vehicles. In a matter of a few years, autonomous vehicles may be rolled out into specialist applications, like materials handling, or transportation in company-owned facilities.

Of course, there needs to be a way for all of the data that is produced by autonomous vehicles to be used and shared among multiple platforms. MOBI thinks that this is one of the most important aspects and that both users and companies should benefit from data.

Efficiency and Safety

The amount of data that will be produced by autonomous vehicles is substantial. At the most basic level, data sharing will mean a much safer environment, as autonomous vehicles should be able to share data, and troubleshoot safety issues before people or materials are put at risk.

Benjamin Diggles, the CRO of Constellation Network, commented,

“Constellation fixes the mobility data problem at its root. Our network is designed to offer a neutral standard for hardware-to-hardware communication, while giving users control over their own data…In the context of self-driving cars, DLT that is infinitely scalable is simply the only answer to the delicate balance of guaranteeing user privacy while collecting potentially life-saving data.”

The MOBI alliance, along with the Connected Mobility Data Marketplace (CMDM) working group, which is co-chaired by DENSO and GM, is collaborating with Ford, Toyota Insurance Management Solutions, Accenture, and Continental to make this kind of data sharing a reality.

Advancing Towards a New Way

Constellation Network has been working with automobile manufactures for a few years to develop hardware-to-hardware communication tools, and it looks like those years of effort are beginning to bear fruit.

With the recent move by GM and Ford to use a common data sharing language, the advancement of DLT technology in the autonomous vehicle sector has taken another step forward.

It may also act as a proof-of-concept to other companies, who can use this platform as a prototype for an industry-wide DLT data-sharing standard.

The Need for Industry Cooperation

There is no doubt that autonomous vehicles need to be addressed seriously, and that is what MOBI has done over the past few years. Companies need to strike a balance between keeping data secure but also allowing it to be used to increase efficiency and safety.

If you want to learn more about MOBI, and the work that it is doing to advance the use of DLT in the autonomous vehicle space, just click right here.

For more information on Constellation Network, and how it is working with some of the largest names in autonomous vehicles, please click here to visit its website.

In a world where data is likely the most valuable commodity, these platforms are vital to a safe and prosperous future.



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Ford, BMW back blockchain ‘birth certificates’ to combat used car fraud

The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, or MOBI, a non-profit consortium of the world’s top vehicle manufacturers including Ford and BMW, has launched an initiative to combat fraud in the secondhand markets with blockchain-powered “birth certificates.”

The initiative will leverage blockchain to track the registration and maintenance history of vehicles using MOBI’s second vehicle identification standard, “VID II.” The system will help reduce fraud in the used vehicle markets, with an announcement stating:

 “Vehicle registration on blockchain allows formerly disconnected vehicle registration systems between states and countries to connect using a secure, shared, and trusted ledger. Maintenance traceability will provide a tamper-proof history to buyers, regulators, and insurers, therefore reducing vehicle information asymmetry.”

MOBI’s VID II working group is co-chaired by BMW and Ford, with Honda, IBM, Hitachi America, and Quantstamp also supporting the initiative, among others.

The VID II standard builds on VID I, describing a variety of utilities for the group’s vehicle birth certificate. “A secure digital vehicle identity sets the foundation for a fully automatic network for usage-based transportation services,” said MOBI COO and Co-Founder, Tram Vo, adding:

“We expect this network for frictionless transfer of value in the New Economy of Movement to open up trillions of dollars of new opportunities to monetize vehicles, services, data, and infrastructure.”

The group also envisages application for the standard within the context of automotive financing, electric vehicle charging, and autonomous data exchange.

MOBI announced its formation in May 2018, stating its mission is to accelerate the adoption of blockchain in the automotive industry through adopting a collaborative, open-source approach to developing tools and standards.

In October, MOBI launched a global standard for integrating blockchain into decentralized electric vehicle charging networks. The standard detailed systems for “vehicle-to-grid integration” to allow vehicles to store excess renewable energy generated by wind and solar, in addition to “tokenized carbon credits,” and “peer-to-peer applications.”


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