Coordinated by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Center of Applied Research, the Intelligent Mobility project has been designed to improve safety and communication between driverless connected cars and the surrounding infrastructure with LIDAR and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) devices mounted at intersections.

Blockchain, a new foundation for smart cities

Since ancient times, cities have played a key-role in the evolution of society. Almost every major technological breakthrough, scientific discovery and philosophical ideas have taken shape in major cities. In the past decade, efforts have been made to introduce innovative technology in a seamless way to streamline the internal functioning and cohesion of cities. This concept of combining technology to create a new and innovative modus operandi for future urban living is known as a smart city (you can read more about this here). Modex, a blockchain company, is also promoting the adoption of blockchain technology and strongly believes into a future built around blockchain. Below, we’re showing you how blockchain and IoT could impact vehicles, traffic and the road infrastructure in the near future.

Data integrity between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure

Filament, a provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that it is taking part in University of Nevada’s Intelligent Mobility initiative to develop a new standard based on blockchain IoT technology for attested data integrity between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure. The smart city project is designed to improve safety and communication between autonomous connected vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure. “The growth in the number of connected vehicles on roads will lead to an increase in the number of IoT devices, which can potentially create vulnerabilities”, said Carlos Cardillo, director of the Nevada Center for Applied Research which facilitates the Intelligent Mobility initiative.

Data exchange via blockchain transactions

The University will begin simulated testing of Filament’s Blocklet technology, with plans to soon integrate the technology into both an autonomous vehicle and the sensor infrastructure placed along defined routes to deliver a trustworthy record of events, enabling attested data exchange via blockchain transactions. “Working with Filament as part of Intelligent Mobility will help us to create and validate secured data generated from the many connected LIDAR devices including those in autonomous vehicles that will soon be a common feature in our cities and towns. We believe this can result in a new set of data integrity standards that others can follow when rolling out their own initiatives”, added Cardillo.

“For the project, the University’s test vehicles will accept only Blocklet-attested data transmissions, protecting them from potential bad actors or man-in-the-middle attacks. And with the data recorded on a blockchain, the shared root of trust is established for transparent exchange and transactions”, said Allison Clift-Jennings, Filament CEO. “This is an important project for all cities preparing for autonomous vehicles as it will demonstrate how secure distributed ledger technology combined with connected, driverless cars and their surroundings can become a trusted reality.”

Street-side infrastructure using blockchain technology

The state of Nevada, with the support and commitment of its research universities, industries and startups, has established itself as a premier location for innovative vehicle and transportation technologies. Supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Intelligent Mobility is testing synchronized mobility concepts and gathering data in real-world, “Living Lab” settings. A vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I, also known as V2X) communication project demonstrating the security of data sent to-and-from autonomous vehicles and street-side infrastructure using blockchain technology is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.

About Modex

Modex offers fully integrated services designed to solve the last mile adoption problem of the blockchain and aims to make blockchain user-friendly for every single device or person. At Modex, we are able to innovate thanks to our incredible team of experts and we offer services for the entire blockchain technology ecosystem: Marketplace for Smart Contracts, community tools for developers and blockchain as database services for enterprises. In over two years, using cutting-edge technologies and with a clear strategy, Modex has evolved from the world’s first app store for blockchain into a complex ecosystem designed for developers’ needs and for enterprises looking for blockchain solutions. Our mission is to spread and facilitate the adoption of blockchain into the society and to solve real world problems using this revolutionary technology.