MOBI News: 2019 First Quarter
- 12 new community members joined MOBI this quarter including Continental AG, Hyundai CRADLE, and the Tezos Foundation
- New working groups — supply chain, electric vehicle grid integration, and autonomous vehicle data marketplace
- MOBI’s first APAC Colloquium to take place in Shanghai followed by first MOBI Colloquium to take place in India
During Q1 2019, we completed the initial stage of the MOBI Grand Challenge — an event culminating in our first European Colloquium, hosted by the BMW Group in Munich, Germany. Our community members had the chance to learn from experts at organizations including BMW Group, Ocean Protocol, R3, USC Viterbi, and the Tezos Foundation, discuss the current state of blockchain in mobility, and hear from the MOBI Grand Challenge winners!
Our established working groups, Usage Based Insurance and Vehicle Identity, continue through our process and are preparing for an RFC. Both groups have finalized business requirements and are currently mapping technical architecture to request the broader community for input on the first draft of requirements. Stay tuned for our progress reports on both working groups to be published in the next month! We are also working on the launch of our new working groups in supply chain, autonomous vehicles data marketplace and electrical vehicle grid integration. See below for more information on our upcoming working groups!
The MOBI team is busy planning the next MOBI Colloquium to take place in Shanghai on April 17, 2019 — our first APAC based event! The colloquium will take place during the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, one of the largest international auto shows in the world. We are hosting speakers from our community and partner organizations including the BMW Group, VeChain, the Kuaidi Group, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the top research universities in China, to address a diverse group of industry leaders.
China’s massive influence on the automobile and mobility industry is not only a product of population, but also of their highly robust transportation systems. The colloquium will explore the current state of blockchain research and development in China and share MOBI’s mission with other international organizations. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the event, please contact email@example.com.
MOBI is hosting its first India based colloquium on May 23, 2019 in New Delhi. This event will be part of a three-day smart cities expo in India held at the same time. Smart mobility is an integral piece of the smart cities puzzle and due to India’s rapidly growing population, their government is beginning to invest in major infrastructure programs to modernize select cities across the country.
India is the 4th largest market in the world for new auto sales. Both the government and a number of private enterprises have laid out plans to establish the country as one of the global manufacturing hubs and R&D centers for automotive and new mobility services. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to network with around 200 participants in this exclusive event focused on blockchain in mobility while also reaching out to a broader audience of thousands of people in the related industries. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in speaking, hosting a booth, or sponsoring the event.
We look forward to an exciting future filled with exploring urban mobility through the next stage of the MOBI Grand Challenge, launching new working groups, and hosting the colloquium in Shanghai and New Delhi. As we continue to grow, we want to acknowledge the newest members of our community. Since last quarter, we have welcomed the following new community members: Altaventure, Continental AG, Engine Chain, ETECTURE, Hyundai CRADLE, OhmE Tech Limited, Politecnico di Torino, Quant Network, Swedish Blockchain Association, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Tezos Foundation, and Tribe Accelerator.
MOBI is working on launching three new working groups:
Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Data Marketplace. The autonomous vehicle market size is projected to grow to 6 billion USD by 2025. As this number grows, the volume of data will increase significantly, justifying cause for crucial insight into the value of blockchain in this field. The working group will assess opportunities for sharing of data generated by new wave of shared mobility, IoT devices and autonomous vehicles between the diverse range of stakeholders involved in the AV economy for the safety and economic benefit of the ecosystem. Blockchain applications for data transactions, security and privacy will be explored in this working group. We are happy to announce that MOBI Steering Committee approved the Chair candidacy of Michal Filipowski from General Motors for this working group.
The Electric Vehicle (EV) Grid Integration working group will evaluate the potential value proposition of blockchain for use cases such as peer-to-peer smart contracts, tokenized carbon credits, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy storage, and others. Smart contracts, for example, have the potential to reduce range anxiety for drivers by allowing rentals of individual chargers, increase the attractiveness of EVs, and pave the way for changes to the electricity grid. Tokenized carbon credits can be used to identify and allocate credits to customers and cut high costs involved with charging stations for EVs. We are thrilled to announce that EVGI working group will be chaired by General Motors’ Massimiliano Melis.
The Supply Chain working group will be exploring challenges in the automotive supply chain around inbound parts, outbound vehicles, and others that can be solved with blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. Current supply chains are spread across hundreds of stages over multiple locations and often across countries and continents. Crucial data is stored on paper, in emails, or in systems that do not communicate with each other. Furthermore, often, parties do not have visibility beyond their immediate vendor. $45 billion market of counterfeit parts, or $22 billion cost of recalls for OEMs are only a few processes that are attributed to this lack of transparency in the provenance and progress of parts.
“We are very glad to join the MOBI community. We, at Altaventure, have been working with clients and entrepreneurs on the implications of blockchain technologies on the automotive industry and new forms of mobility. AltaVenture is glad to contribute to the edification of new standards for a massive adoption of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for a cleaner and safer mobility world.” says Eric Pilat, founder and Managing Partner of AltaVenture
“We at Continental are looking forward to work together with the MOBI community. We want to establish standards for DLT based solutions in the automotive industry to improve industry processes and provide functional mobility services,” says Dr. Dirk Abendroth, Continental’s Chief Technology Officer Automotive.
“We at Engine Chain are thrilled to join the MOBI community, a community that shares our belief in utilizing distributed ledger technology in the advancement of automotive solutions. We are eager to contribute and work with other community members in developing and promoting new service standards for global mobility,” says Max Tang, CEO of Engine Chain
“ETECTURE joined MOBI, because we believe in collaboration — with customers, partners and competitors alike. In the end, everyone who wants to remain relevant in a fully digitalized market needs to be able to deliver solutions that accomplish business needs. So to help each other in becoming digital at scale, businesses need to find partners, who can expand and evolve their organization’s strategies and infrastructure. In order to drive transformation and innovation, ETECTURE understand itself as such a partner, who enables and develops a client, may it be a person, a machine or a car.” says Steve Stein, responsible for Innovation & Digital Strategy at ETECTURE
“As a major technical university in Italy, Politecnico di Torino is committed to explore, with students, within research projects and in collaboration with partner companies, the Blockchain technology from many different perspectives, including V2G, supply chain and autonomous vehicles, etc. We cannot wait to contribute to further developments of distributed ledger-oriented solutions for mobility, bringing our expertise in fields encompassing, among others, automotive, insurance services, transportation and logistics.” says Fabrizio Lamberti, Associate Professor at the Department of Control and Computer Science, Politecnico di Torino.
“We are honored to be part of MOBI, the global consortium of industry leading automakers and technology based start-ups. Being a member has helped us showcase our blockchain operating system. Overledger solves interoperability between blockchains, distributed ledger networks and existing legacy systems and networks, enabling enterprises to innovate and build new business models and next-generation multi-chain applications with just 3 lines of code. We are excited that our participation in the group has given us a voice in setting of future direction of Distributed Ledger Technologies in the mobility sector.” Says Colin Paterson, CTO at Quant Network.
“We are glad to be part of the MOBI community. The work that is being done here in collaborations is awesome and we believe that this work will lay the path for next generation of technology in mobility sector. Swedish Blockchain Association (SBA) is actively following the progress in MOBI and empowering the Swedish blockchain community.” says Sukesh Tedla, Regional Head and Board Member of the Swedish Blockchain Association.
“We are thrilled to formally join the MOBI community and support startups in the autonomous vehicle space. The Tezos protocol is the ideal platform for blockchain based mobility solutions and we look forward to supporting those who choose to explore, design and build these new solutions on Tezos. The opportunities are endless.” Says Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation
AltaVenture is an independent investment firm providing mergers & acquisitions, funds raising and corporate strategic advices to leading start-up and key companies in digital, high-tech, autotech, blockchain, IoT, defense, insurance, shipping and yachting sectors and investors across Europe and Australia. Our partners bring more than 40 years of experience and multi-billion track records of transactions such as mergers & acquisitions, privatizations, funds raising, IPO and debt restructuring.
About Continental AG
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2017, Continental generated sales of €44 billion and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 61 countries and markets.
About Engine Chain
Engine Chain is committed to be a leading global blockchain technology company. We focus on developing core blockchain technologies to build more robust and dynamic mobility solutions. The technologies utilized within Engine Chain allowing all members of the society to collectively and collaboratively maintain a service and data ecosystem, which in turn help reduce cost, increase ownership transparency, improve efficiency and enable global users to have access to its services on an equal footing.
ETECTURE supports and consults businesses with custom-developed software solutions and technology-driven insights for a successful digital transformation. Our aspiration is to become a partner, that drives transformation and innovation of digital business strategies, thereby creating added value for lasting success and maximum customer satisfaction.
About Hyundai CRADLE
As one of Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) six centers focused on research and development (R&D), Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HATCI is HMG’s design, technology and engineering division for North America. As HMG solidified its position as one of the top five global OEMs, HATCI has grown to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business-focused activities to support North America’s Voice of the Customer.
Media Contact: Yeana Cho
OhmE Tech Limited
About Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino was founded in 1906 and has its roots in the Technical School for Engineers created in 1859. It is internationally ranked among the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, with 35,000 students (out of which 14% are international students coming from over 100 different countries).
Politecnico is a center of excellence for education and research in engineering, architecture, design and planning and it works in close cooperation with the socio‐economic system. It is a comprehensive Research University where education and research complement each other and create synergies in order to address the needs of the economic system, of the local community and, above all, of its students.
About Quant Network
Founded in 2015 and located in London and Zug, Quant Network is a pioneering technology company combining cybersecurity, industry and government experience to develop advanced technologies enabling trusted interactions between companies and their customers. Overledger is the world’s first blockchain operating system harness the power of multiple blockchains by interconnecting the world’s networks to unlock business value. Quant Network is laying the foundations for the next Internet: The Internet of Trust.
About the Swedish Blockchain Association
Our mission is to bring together companies, organizations, developers and enthusiasts who want to participate in knowledge sharing and provide an environment for interaction and networking. Together with our members and partners, we create a platform that helps companies and organizations work for a safer, more transparent and open future.
Media Contact: Sukesh Tedla
About Texas A&M Transportation Institute
A member of The Texas A&M University System, TTI has a breadth and depth of programs, facilities and capabilities unsurpassed by any other higher-education-affiliated transportation research organization in the United States. The Institute’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of transportation.
About the Tezos Foundation
Tezos is a blockchain that evolves by upgrading itself. Stakeholders vote on amendments to the protocol to reach social consensus on proposals, creating a secure and organic upgrading system which avoids hard forks. The protocol’s on chain governance system, Proof-of-Stake (PoS), and ability to facilitate formal verification, make Tezos an ideal long-term solution for digital transactions, including smart contracts. Tezos is fully decentralized and it is the role of the Tezos Foundation to support the development and long-term success of the protocol and ecosystem.
About Tribe Accelerator
Tribe Accelerator is the first Singapore government supported blockchain accelerator, championing to be a neutral platform in driving collaboration and growth of the blockchain ecosystem. The product development focused accelerator aims to provide promising startups a hyperconnected platform to develop innovative solutions together with our network of global corporations, government agencies and top blockchain companies.