Volkswagen recently highlighted its current efforts to bring blockchain technologies to its vehicles, referencing the potential to improve car maintenance, logistics and specialized solutions including “tamper-proof odometers.”
Bringing #blockchain systems to the road: We’re working full steam ahead on making super-safe #cryptosystems available to our customers. For filling the tank, unlocking your car – and all kinds of other possibilities: #bitcoin #ethereum #iota
— Volkswagen Group (@VWGroup) August 8, 2018
According to the release, Volkswagen is actively exploring two major applications. The first is a mileage clocking system that works to save odometer reading permanently into a blockchain, making it nearly impossible to manipulate odometers
Customers can save their odometer readings in a distributed ledger system at regular intervals. The data cannot be changed retroactively without somebody noticing that they’ve been manipulated
The second major application referenced Porsche’s ongoing efforts to develop a blockchain model that works to protect cars from hackers and act as a virtual key to open and use the car. Porsche is working with Berlin-based start-up XAIN to develop this system.
Volkswagen is no stranger to IOTA, given that earlier this year, Volkswagen confirmed that IOTA’s Tangle technology was going to be used as part of the Volkswagen Connect feature that is designed to enable drivers to better monitor their car’s mileage.
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