April 23, 2019

Blockchain IoT and Intelligent Mobility for Smart Cities

University of Nevada, Reno and Filament are working together to create new standards for autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure based on blockchain IoT technology.

Taking autonomous vehicles (AVs) from a tested concept to mainstream reality is no simple task. There is currently a tremendous amount of work being done around the world to make it possible, and it is important to remember that it involves so much more than the cars. Of course, the technology inside vehicles must be completely trusted. But because driverless vehicles will have an impact on entire communities, towns, and cities, technology also must extend beyond the AVs, to the world they are operating in.

Right in our Reno back yard, The University of Nevada’s Center for Applied Research is pioneering work in intelligent mobility which builds on the expertise of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and a coalition of public and private stakeholders to support the smart cities of the future. Filament is proud to be part of the initiative working with the research team to develop new solutions based on blockchain IoT technology for autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure to accurately and securely communicate, exchange data, and execute transactions. This intelligent mobility, smart city project is designed to improve safety and communications between autonomous connected vehicles and their surrounding infrastructure with LIDAR and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) devices mounted at intersections.

Filament’s blockchain IoT technology allows machines and infrastructure to interact, exchange value, and execute transactions autonomously and securely. To enable secure data exchange with access control and identity management between vehicles and street-side infrastructure, Filament’s Blocklet™ technology will be integrated into both the autonomous vehicles and the sensors in place along the defined route to deliver a trustworthy record of events and enable attested data exchange and transactions on both sides.

As AVs will soon be cruising down our streets, this collaborative vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) project to create and validate secured data generated from connected LIDAR devices is important, as it will demonstrate how distributed ledger technology (DLT) combined with connected, driverless cars and their surroundings can become a trusted reality. The vehicle-to-infrastructure project is already underway and it is our hope that it will result in a new set of data integrity standards that other cities can follow.

I encourage you to read more about the work being done by The University of Nevada, Reno’s Center for Applied Research and its Intelligent Mobility initiative.

Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO