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GAIA-X project to develop open source blockchain for secure mobile data in driverless cars

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By Nick Flaherty


Bosch is leading a €28m project to develop secure mobile data open source technology for the next generation of automotive designs using distributed technologies including blockchain.

The 4moveID project is part of the GAIA-X European programme to develop standards and technological concepts for secure exchange of information between providers of mobility applications and their customers. The goal over the next three years is to create decentralized digital vehicle identities as a requirement for the mass use of electric vehicles, automated driving, and the establishment of connected cities.

The standards being developed will allow vehicles to securely and independently exchange information with other vehicles and their environment without an intermediary.

The project includes 18 other companies, with other tier one automotive suppliers Denso and Continental and ‘Web3’ blockchain technology providers Peaq Technology, Chainstep, Daterella and 51nodes as well as datacentre operator Atos and the University of Applied Sciences at Saar and Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

It also includes the German Aerospace Centre and Airbus Defence and Space as well as R&D group Fetch.ai.

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“An integrated and transparent system architecture for the exchange of data on the road that incorporates different products and players simply isn’t available today. While it’s true that some companies out there already offer services, those services are tailored for specific applications, vehicles, or customer groups,” said Peter Busch, project manager at Bosch. “They often map the infrastructure, for example, but they rarely provide information about availability due to a lack of connectivity between the many independently operating service providers.”

“Open standards are needed so that users, for example, can find all available charging stations or pay for charging processes,” said Busch.

GAIA-X relies on decentralization and the interplay of different cloud providers under common guidelines and the moveID project is using open source software including blockchain for its developments and making them available to all providers for various business models.

The infrastructure partners include charge spots, barriers, traffic lights, and parking lots and the project will use internationally recognized hardware and software to develop management and administrative services to facilitate the interaction and trade between different players.

This will enable providers to connect a great many services, such as news, entertainment, and navigation, with the car’s system, especially in automated driving. The open source secure data will be used for a demonstration of zoning, where driverless vehicles are able to recognize changing conditions and reroute to prevent congestion. This will be shown working across Germany, France and Luxembourg (Merzig/Saarbrücken) for the first time as part of the 4 moveID project. 

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