The Internet of Transportation
Hello, World! We’re the team behind DAV, and we’re building a decentralized infrastructure for tomorrow’s transportation on the blockchain. With one token, you will be able to access an entire network of autonomous vehicles, including cars, trucks, and drones to deliver anyone or anything anywhere!
The Internet is a network of computers, but it wasn’t the first one; there were many computer networks prior to the Internet (for example AOL, Compuserve, Prodigy). What enabled the Internet to emerge and overtake the isolated silos that preceded it was decentralization. The Internet introduced a set of protocols specifying how data should be packetized, addressed, transmitted, routed, and received and, in doing so, eliminated the need for a license, fees, or permission from a central authority to use the Internet. This model provides rich opportunities for developers to build useful applications, businesses to create value, and people to participate in a vast and ever-growing network.
Autonomous vehicles are beginning their transformation from mere ideas to reality, and will soon become integral to our daily lives. As this trend progresses, movement of goods and people will take a completely new shape. Vehicles will be akin to packets of data, programmatically sent from origin to destination.
As with computer networks of the past, current transportation networks are being formed as isolated silos. Google, Lyft, and Uber are only a handful of the companies working on autonomous transportation, but they are all building their solutions using the same closed platform model AOL was using back in the 1990’s. Autonomous drone and robotics companies have also begun to emerge and, similarly, their networks are proprietary, closed, and non-inclusive.
The Internet of Transportation
At DAV, we’re laying the groundwork for a new transportation economy. This new economy will have built-in incentives for all the different participants and will meet the transportation needs of more people, in more places, more efficiently.
Using DAV, anyone can join as a user and order rides and deliveries using DAV tokens from any vehicle provider. Anyone can be a provider and earn DAV tokens by owning vehicles and making them available to others. Software developers, hardware makers, maintenance providers, insurers, and arbitrators can participate profitably in the DAV economy as well.
Instead of a proprietary platform, we’re building an open source platform that’s free to evolve according to the needs of its participants. Instead of isolated data structures and formats, we’re building open and unified protocols that enable collaboration between participants and even between vehicles. Instead of needing to choose between isolated networks belonging to a handful of companies, we’re building an Internet-like “network of networks” — the Internet of Transportation. This network is efficient, has no single point of failure, is open source, scalable, and unstoppable.
This is an ambitious undertaking, so we do not plan to do it alone. We’re supported by some of the most experienced experts in the fields of Blockchain, Economics, AI, Infrastructure, Legislation, and Aerospace. But the most critical element to DAV’s success is its community. Its members provide support, feedback, and creative ideas. The community will enable the DAV network to spread when the time comes, and its members are the ones who will enjoy the fruits of DAV’s growth over time.
We recognize how important your trust in the DAV team is to the success of the entire project. This is why we have made the decision to build DAV as the most open and transparent organization in the world. In fact, we’re the first organization in the world to publish a daily video on YouTube, where every team member reports to the community about what they are doing, every single day. We call it the Daily DAV. We also release every single line of code we write for the DAV network as open source.
We would like to present our whitepaper and our GitHub repositories for your review and comments. We invite your feedback, your insights, and your ideas and look forward to sharing this technological and social adventure with you in the days ahead.
Founder & CEO