Self-Driving Cars By General Motors To Work On Blockchain
General Motors Company (GM) intends to introduce blockchain into the operation of its self-driving vehicles. For that, the American concern will patent the technology allowing autonomous cars to store and manage info on blockchain, according to the application, published on the US Patent and Trademark Office website.
The solution from GM will allow blockchain participants to share information privately, which is important for unmanned vehicles whose operation depends on the integrity of temporary data. For example, location, traffic density, and other information entered in the distributed registry will help a vehicle to build a navigation route.
Also, the company insists that city administrations and public facilities, such as airports, should join the network to define whether an automated vehicle is suitable for use as a taxi or for providing other transport services. Besides, the authorities will receive notifications if a car is fined.
The patent application proposes to tie up a payment system to blockchain, which will allow the self-driving vehicle to cover the costs for parking, washing, refueling, tolls, etc. Also, through a cloud registry, blockchain participants will be able to get information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a US state agency created to prevent road accidents.
The auto company is going to begin production of its unmanned cars in 2019. GM also joined the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) consortium, whose goal is to adopt the technology for the automotive industry.
As previously reported, taxi drivers in Tokyo will start accepting bitcoins, ethers, and Bitcoin Cash.