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University of Nevada develops Blockchain-powered Autonomous vehicle


A project at the University of Nevada is recently garnering headlines for developing a new blockchain-powered vehicle project. The news was announced in a press release published on April 23.

The project is named The Intelligent Mobility project. It is being coordinated by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Center of Applied Research (NCAR). The universities have chosen enterprise blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) firm Filament to develop an autonomous vehicle smart city project.

The press release further mentions that the new initiative has been tailor-made to improvise on safety and communication between driverless connected cars 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

The University will begin simulated testing of Filament’s Blocklet technology. The technology will help the project integrate the technology into both an autonomous vehicle and the sensor infrastructure placed along defined routes. In order,  to deliver a trustworthy record of events, while simultaneously enabling attested data exchange via blockchain transactions.

“We are excited to collaborate with the University’s Intelligent Mobility initiative on advancing this cutting-edge vehicle-to-infrastructure communication innovation. 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,” said Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO, Filament.

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. Furthermore, it has drawn support from the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, the University of Nevada. A vehicle-to-infrastructure communication project which is said to demonstrate the security of data sent to-and-from autonomous vehicles and street-side infrastructure using blockchain is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.

Filament’s Blocklet products provide blockchain native tools and technology for enterprises and industrial corporations. This enables them to securely process and record transactions directly from IoT devices, secure RFID tags, vehicles, manufacturing equipment, and other connected machines

About Filament

Filament builds comprehensive blockchain systems for the enterprise and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Further, its hardware, software and service solutions allow connected devices and machines to securely interact with and transact value against distributed ledger technology such as a blockchain. Filament is headquartered in Reno, Nevada with offices in Denver, Colorado and Saint Paul, Minnesota.