We won MOBI Grand Challenge proposing traffic congestion solution

A few months ago we have partnered with Chorus Mobility team to participate in the first stage of MOBI Grand Challenge to demonstrate the pieces of the blockchain/DLT that can be used today to solve Smart Mobility puzzle.

Our proposal

Our goal was to develop a decentralized system for road space negotiation where autonomous vehicles can pay for routes and right of way. We believe a market-based approach can be used to alleviate a traffic congestion problem.

In 2008 Seattle based engineer and science hobbyist William Beaty in a series of experiments established a so-called Traffic Waves Theory. The thesis of that theory was that by knowing how traffic waves are formed, drivers could sometimes reduce their effect by increasing the distance to the car immediately ahead and less often using braking, ultimately decreasing the accumulation of vehicles around.

But to motivate drivers for the described behavior, we as humans need to unlearn everything we were taught about standing in lines.

The system we introduce gives a financial incentive to both Human and Autonomous Vehicles to maintain such behavior by getting paid for the road space and yielding to the other cars. We hope that this system will evolve to become a part of our daily traffic infrastructure!

We also want to extend a special thank you to Jetbrains Team’s Mobile Robot Algorithms Laboratory for giving us access to Duckietown, especially to Kirill Krinkin and Konstantin Chayka.

What’s next?

The ultimate goal of the MOBI initiative is to create the first viable, decentralized, ad-hoc network of blockchain/dlt connected vehicles and infrastructure that can reliably share data, coordinate behavior, and thereby improve urban mobility. Future stages of the challenge will draw on the demonstrations of this first stage to set goals, narrow the selection criteria, and address gaps.

We plan to work together with Chorus Mobility and other partners to demonstrate the roadspace negotiation system with fully operational autonomous cars and promote this system so that we can have a safer, cleaner, faster, more efficient and accessible transportation system!