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Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
May 21, 2019 Bulletin

Colloquiums: MOBI in New Delhi

MOBI is hosting its first India based colloquium this Wednesday, May 23, 2019 in New Delhi! The 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 India’s local government is beginning to invest in major infrastructure programs to modernize select cities across the country. 

Speakers from the MOBI Community to include:

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. For speaking, hosting a booth, or sponsoring the event please get in touch with our Programs Manager, Annabelle Sbarbatti.

 

Welcome
New Members

The MOBI community continues to grow - please welcome our new MOBI community members:
The Ministry of Transport for the Republic of China

The Institutes RBA Alliance

Ontario Tech Univesity

Community Corner: MOBI Members' Latest

Streamr is proud to have won the silver medal for the Trusted IoT Alliance's Smart E-Mobility Challenge. It was a privilege to work with our partners, Bosch Software Innovations and RIDDLE&CODE, to unlock the value of individual vehicle data for a smarter future of transport​.
Hyperledger Aries, the newest Hyperledger project, is a shared infrastructure of tools that enables the exchange of blockchain-based data, supports peer-to-peer messaging in various scenarios, and facilitates interoperable interaction between different blockchains and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).
 
Working Groups (WG) Updates

New group: Electrical Vehicle Grid Integration (EVGI) WG

MOBI is proud to announce the launch of a new working group:  Electrical Vehicle Grid Integration (EVGI). Chaired by General Motors’ Massimiliano Melis and Vice-Chair of Honda’s Christian Köbel the working group core members include Accenture, Cognizant Technology Solutions, CPChain, DOVU, IBM, KAR Auction Services, Koinearth, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, PG&E, R3, Share&Charge Foundation, Spherity GmbH, and Swedish Blockchain Association

The EVGI working group will assess potential value proposition of blockchain and decentralized ledger technologies for problems in the following use cases: 
  • Peer-to-peer energy exchange
  • Tokenized carbon credits
  • Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy storage and ancillary services, and more. 

The Month in Events

With deployment of large satellite constellations and significant advancement in Milan, the value of Earth Observation (EO) data and analytics for mobility and transport system is dramatically increasing. MOBI's EMEA lead, Arwen Smit spoke on this month's debuting panel "Blockchain in Earth Observation" at European Space Agency's Living Planet Symposium. Fellow panelists from ESA Future Technologies Department, The World Bank, Guardtime, Cloudeo, Spherity and European Commission (G Connect) discussed the impact of blockchain on the EO sector and use cases surrounding mobility tracking and system optimization. 

The panel, its first in ESA's tri-annual community symposiums, was co-moderated by MOBI member Spherity's Carsten Stoeker and ESA's Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, Anna Burzykowska. "I personally see that “Earth Observation (EO) services will soon be seamlessly blended into transportation systems for all kind of optimization and tracking purposes. This require a decentralized trust framework to make the entire system reliable.” Mr. Stoecker expressed. We concur!
Concurrently, Ashley Lannquist, MOBI Co-Founder and Project Lead at the World Economic Forum, attended this year's Consensus 2019 to discuss how blockchain may be a solution to major inefficiencies in modern economic systems. Check out some more highlights from this three-day event!

In the News

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Honda and GM join in smart grid and electric car research [Japan NIKKEI Asian Review May 20, 2019]

"The partners want to develop ways to facilitate the retrieval of information, such as data that is exchanged between power grids and electric vehicles. Down the road, EV owners could earn fees by storing power in car batteries and exchanging it with the grid...The research will be conducted under the framework of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, an international consortium of automotive, IT and other businesses."
Blockchain
Trading data for IOTA Cryptocurrency. [Worldwide BitcoinExchangeGuide April 29, 2019]  Jaguar is adding blockchain technology to their Land Rover vehicles. The use of blockchain technology will allow consumers to earn IOTA cryptocurrency, though the client will need to share their data to reap the reward.
Volkswagen (VW) follows in the footsteps of Tesla's gigawatt factory [USA WIRED May 15, 2019]  In an effort to wipe the Dieselgate scandal from public memory, VW works to secure a steady supply of batteries. Taking production into their own hands has the potential to put them above close competitors in the e-vehicle race.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) enters the blockchain ecosystem. [Worldwide Coindesk May 1, 2019]  Amazon Managed Blockchain is said to allow clients to create and manage blockchain networks more easily and economically using open-source frameworks. The ethereum network is expected to be made available later this year.
BMW + VeChain = Less mileage fraud. [Worldwide Ledger Insights May 1, 2019] Mileage fraud is a widespread problem, affecting every third car sold in Germany every third used car sold has a manipulated odometer. With the creation of the VerifyCar App, car owners will be able to prove has been done with the car in a verified manner.
Autonomous Mobility & Electric Vehicles
Smart mobility meet Austin, Texas. [Invest in Blockchain April 20, 2019]  ATX, the official transportation body of Austin, Texas, has announced that it is partnering with the IOTA project with the intention of bringing innovation to the mobility industry in the state capital, which has a population of roughly 1 million.
Carbon neutral by 2039 [USA WIRED, May 14, 2019].  Daimler AG has set the most ambitious target of any major automaker to cut its planet-warming emissions, promising a fully carbon-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039. However, this timeline may still be too slow to meet the target set by the Paris Agreement.
General Motors makes a major investment in self-driving cars. [USA Wired May 7, 2019] Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit mostly owned by GM recently announced that it had raised $1.15 billion. This is before selling a single car.
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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 Innovation Calls featuring a presentation from a member of the community about their organization
  • Attend global Colloquiums 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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