Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative | March 2019 Bulletin
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Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
March 28, 2019 Bulletin

MOBI in Munich

Last month, The BMW Group hosted our first European Colloquium at their IT Center in Munich, Germany. There, the MOBI team provided updates on key working groups, announced the winners of Stage One of the MOBI Grand Challenge (MGC), spoke on the future direction of MOBI and the MGC, and more. The BMW Group gave attendees an inside look into the blockchain and distributed ledger use cases they are focusing on.

To learn more about the MOBI Grand Challenge Stage One and the winning submissions, check out
our website

Announcing New Members

Check out our Q1 2019 Report announcing 12 new MOBI members, including Continental AG, Hyundai, and the Tezos Foundation!

MOBI Grand Challenge Feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated and expressed interest in the first stage of the MOBI Grand Challenge. As we work on organizing the next stage of the challenge, we want your feedback! 
Click here to provide feedback!

This Month in Events

At the JetBlue Travel Blockchain Summit ✈️, our Head of Programs, Lucy Hakobyan, had the chance to discuss the development of standards and relationships with business networks with executives from the Blockchain in Transportation Alliance and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. 

Upcoming MOBI Colloquium in Shanghai

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, 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 and the rapidly accelerating technological innovations in transportation. The upcoming 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

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

In the News

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Self-driving cars could soon navigate the world via micropayments by Alison McCauley

“We envision a world in which vehicles can communicate their intentions with other vehicles and coordinate their behavior,” explains MOBI CEO Chris Ballinger. “Micropayments give machines an incentive, and whether it’s about a pothole, traffic, or other conditions, that data is valuable. Many of the useful things we can do with cars and other vehicles will require micropayments from one machine to another.
The insurance market is fraught with inefficiencies including but not limited to compliance issues, third payment transactions, and inefficient exchange of information. Thanks to blockchain technology, this may become a thing of the past.
As automakers realize the importance of investing in emerging technologies to remain competitive, consortiums like MOBI give automotive and tech organizations the opportunity to work together on emerging Blockchain technology.
Blockchain meet the agricultural industry. The state of Colorado is looking to assemble an advisory group to study the potential applications for blockchain technology in agricultural operations -- from traceability of products to monitoring in-field conditions.
Alibaba embraces the future. Alibaba aims to expand their enterprise-level Blockchain-as-a-Service to major international markets and further implement blockchain in complex supply chains. 
IBM cuts a deal with credit unions over blockchain services. CULedger, a consortium of credit unions and IBM are working together to use blockchain technology to create an immutable audit trail. Together they look to expand the scope of blockchain collaboration.
Autonomous Mobility & Electric Vehicles
Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, deployed three driverless cars in Reston, Virginia. Now, they've set their sights on Northern California and Brooklyn.
The self-driving market in China continues to expand with 580 million trips across domestic destinations in 2018, an increase of 35.6% from last year. The China Tourism Academy predicts a continued increase in 2019.
Visiting Phoenix, Arizona? Don't miss out on hailing one of Waymo's driverless taxis. The company announced the addition of which will "more than double" its fleet of Waymo One cars.
Uber won't be left behind. SoftBank and others may invest $1 billion in Uber's self-driving vehicle unit -- a strategic step to bolster its pitch to investors ahead of a widely anticipated IPO.
If slow and inconvenient charging is deterred people from buying EVs, Volkswagen wants to provide the solution. They recently revealed their mobile charging station concept that claims to hold up to 360 kWh – five times the capacity of a base-level Tesla Model S.
Ford commits to an EV future. The major automaker plans to invest $850 million to increase its production capacity for all-electric vehicles. The future is green.
Toyota doubles down on autonomous vehicles. The automaker is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as they ramp up their self-driving development program.
Who will survive? The transportation consolidation phase has begun. Uber, Lyft, DiDi, and other major ride sharing services look to expand and strengthen their respective positions in the market.
Having trouble finding a parking spot at one of California's bay area transit stations? Transit trip planner Moovit and private parking finder SpotHero are joining forces to make life easier for drivers in an effort to encourage people to ride public transportation.
Micro-mobility continues to expand worldwide. Last year Ford purchased Spin, an electric scooter startup for around $100 million. They now aim to launch in 100 cities and college campuses in 2019.

Upcoming Events

MOBI CEO Chris Ballinger will be speaking at the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai on April 3 on MOBI's mission of working towards a congestion-free future with blockchain technology! 

Get your passes for #FBSummit here:

MOBI will be presenting at ICAO Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition which is scheduled to take place on April 2-4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The summit is a joint aviation and technology event hosted by the General Civil Aviation Authorities (GCAA) with the theme Blockchain: Unlock the Potential to support new ICAO Blockchain related initiatives to address ICAO Strategic Objectives and UN Sustainable Development Goals. The three-day summit will bring together States, industry, partners and thought leaders to introduce and explore the innovations in Blockchain technology that support sound, safe, secure and economically-viable civil aviation systems. We will gather along with Blockchain solution providers and business leaders seeking to use Blockchain as an enabling technology in aviation to promote cooperation, collaboration, knowledge, and information sharing between Blockchain thought leaders, the aviation industry, government agencies, and nations. We would like to highlight this event to our community and encourage them to participate in this event.

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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 weekly Channel 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!
If you’re interested in finding out more about joining MOBI, please fill out the following membership inquiry form and our Onboarding Director, Erika, will be in contact with you!
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