Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative | April 2019 Bulletin
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Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
April 19, 2019 Bulletin

MOBI in Shanghai

This week, IBM hosted our first APAC Colloquium at their headquarters in Shanghai, China! We invited speakers from our community and partner organizations 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 and the rapidly accelerating technological innovations in transportation. Speakers included:
  • Francisco Galan - IT Innovation and Strategy - BMW Group
  • Jerry Yang - Solution Architect - ConsenSys China
  • Dr. Chengnian Long - Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University | CEO, Cyber Physical Chain
  • Joe C. Lee - CoFounder - Kuaidi Group
  • Xing Sun - CEO - AXA Next Lab Asia
  • Carl Wegner - Managing Director and Head of Asia - R3
Panelists spoke on the intersection of IoT, AI, and blockchain and its potential to create an autonomous mobility economy of innovations that will drastically reduce frictional and transaction costs and accelerate the transition to a service economy. 

New MOBI Members

The MOBI community continues to grow - please welcome our two new MOBI community members: Honda and Celer Network! 
Honda Motor Company is as a leading manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.
Celer Network a layer-2 scaling platform that enables fast, easy and secure off-chain transactions for payment transactions and generalized off-chain smart contract.
A Message From Our CEO
As we approach MOBI's one-year anniversary, Chris Ballinger has a few words to say on MOBI's progress and future direction. Medium

Vehicle Identity (VID) Working Group Updates

Our VID Working Group (WG) has written and is now circulating, within the WG, a draft of the first Vehicle ID standard for review and feedback. This first standard focuses on the birth of the vehicle and outlines: 
  • Ecosystem governance system
  • Explicit description of adversarial conditions required to be guaranteed by the system 
  • A unified, fast, and authoritative electronic identity
Ultimately the creation of standards within VID will allow community members and outside developers throughout the technology stack to begin writing applications using a common language for identifying themselves, communicating with infrastructure, paying tolls, and generally participating in the V2X economy and this is the first step to achieve this. 

New MOBI Team Members

Left to Right: Klaus Schaaf, Arwen Smit, Michael Vo
As we continue to expand the MOBI ecosystem and enter new mobility markets, our internal team is growing as well. Our Onboarding Team will also be shifting to a regionalized structure with Community Leads focusing on individual regions: Americas, EMEA, East Asia, India, and SEA. Please extend a warm welcome to Klaus Schaaf, Arwen Smit, and Mike Vo! 
Mike Vo, MOBI's new Chief Technology Officer and Southeast Asia Community Lead, comes to us after six years as the Director of Engineering at Tesla and as Founder and CEO of we2o. Michael will oversee the overall technology direction and execution for MOBI as well as help drive forward the creation of technical standards and reports for blockchain in mobility!   

Klaus Schaaf and Arwen Smit, our new Europe Community Leads, both have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the blockchain and mobility space. Klaus has over 30 years of experience working with Volkswagen in various roles including as Research Director for the VW Electronics Research Lab and as part of their DLT/Blockchain team. Arwen founded Mintbit, a boutique consultancy specializing in blockchain, in 2018 and also founded DOVU, a blockchain-based reward platform for the mobility sector, in 2016. Arwen will assume this role immediately, while Klaus will join after he retires from VW later this year.

This Month in Events

MOBI's Head of Programs, Lucy Hakobyan, participated at the inaugural ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE this past week where government officials and industry representatives from more than 90 countries attended the event. She presented on how blockchain can revolutionize government oversight capacity within the aviation industry and highlighted the value of this technology in intermodal mobility applications. 

Under the patronage of and attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event explored applications ranging from aircraft to contracts management, credentialing, record keeping, and security, and more importantly how to accelerate adoption of blockchain through the aviation ecosystem. Collaboration through consortiums is integral to the creation of global blockchain guidelines and adoption of the technology. MOBI is honored to help the industry forward in this journey. 

Upcoming MOBI Colloquium in New Delhi

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, local 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, if you are interested in speaking, hosting a booth, or sponsoring the event.

In the News

// Featured Article //

GM, BMW Back Blockchain Data Sharing For Self-Driving Cars 
by Ian Allison for Coindesk

"...the next MOBI working group on so-called autonomous vehicle data markets (AVDM) will be chaired by [General Motors' Manager of Global Innovation, Michal Filipowski]. The automaker has clearly been thinking about using blockchain to share data for some time, having filed a patent detailing such a system for fleets of self-driving cars at the end of last year."
Ports are a vital component of the world economy. Blockchain has the potential to reduce the burden of transportation on ports and railroads by improving the technology managing supply chains. 
Beware of pre-cut melon. The pre-packaged fruit sold in 16 states was recently linked to a salmonella outbreak. Blockchain can provide increased transparency and visibility into its supply chain, significantly decreasing the harm such outbreaks cause.  
China is leading the way. A recent report by Blockdata states there are 263 blockchain-related projects in China -- accounting for 25 percent of the global total.
Autonomous Mobility & Electric Vehicles
Say hello to Olli. Maryland's new electric autonomous shuttle bus, rolled out by Local Motors, is now offering rides along fixed routes around the neighborhood's main shopping and eating areas. Olli is here to fill in those first-mile, last-mile gaps.
More obstacles on the bumpy road to luxury electric vehicles. The all electric Audi E-Tron SUV, which goes on sale next month, received an EPA rating of 204 miles. 20 miles less than what was initially projected.
The MOBI community continues to challenge industry leaders to utilize blockchain technology. The Trusted IoT Alliance (TIoTA) announced the competitors for its Smart E-Mobility Challenge, including Bosch and Siemens. Read more on the challenge here.
Tesla fans may be losing patience with the popular carmaker. Frequent changes to prices and packaging scheme can frustrate even the most dedicated customer. But for quick access to new automotive features, many are willing to pay the price.
Riding Bird scooters just got a bit more expense. Due to city imposed fees, Bird has raised rider fees in some cities, including Baltimore, MD and Raleigh, NC. Will they be able to keep pace with Uber and Lyft?
Consequence-free driving is soon coming to an end. Congestion pricing may lead many drivers to opt to use other forms of transportation. The road then becomes less congested, the air becomes clearer, and cities become more livable.
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Benefits of joining MOBI

Joining MOBI gives you and your organization access to our robust community, projects, and more!

You will have the opportunity to...

  • Present and participate in monthly Innovation Calls featuring a presentation from a member of the community about their organization
  • Attend global meetups to network and brainstorm with organizations who share MOBI’s vision of the future of mobility
  • Use the MOBI online network to promote your organization’s relevant products, events, and updates
  • Participate in formulating the standards for blockchain related products for mobility as a part of our working groups
  • Be part of a community who shares the same passion, drive, and range of expertise in the field of mobility!
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