Breakout Session #22

Blockchain in the Automated Vehicle Ecosystem

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: Golden Gate 7

Organizers:

  • Karl Wunderlich, Director, Surface Transportation Systems Division, Noblis
  • Dale Thompson, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Enabling Technologies Team
  • Rajat Rajbhandari, Co-founder BlockSec and CEO and Co-founder dexFreight
  • Chris Ballinger, Executive Director and Founder, MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative
  • J.D. Schneeberger, Emerging Technologies Lead, Noblis

Session Description

This session explores the intersection of blockchain technology and automated vehicles. Blockchain is founded on an incorruptible, shared, digital ledger of transactions that can record, not just financial exchanges, but virtually any kind of collective transaction. The secure nature of transactions and the permanent authenticity of the data offers the potential for blockchain technology to play multiple, potentially disruptive roles within the automated vehicle ecosystem. Envision a truly autonomous future in which a shared automated vehicle collects fares, recognizes that it needs repairs, drives to the service station for repair, and securely pays for all of the services without any human interaction. This session will investigate how this emerging technology will transform mobility, facilitate transactions, revolutionize cybersecurity, and enable trusted M2M communications without requiring either a trusted third party (e.g., a bank) or a regulatory agency.

Goals/Outputs

  • Introduce the transportation community to blockchain technology—Blockchain 101.
  • Explore potential use cases for blockchain in an automated vehicle ecosystem.
  • Increase awareness of how blockchain technology can transform mobility, ensure cybersecurity, facilitate transactions making ride-sharing easier, secure automated vehicle credentials, among other areas.

Agenda

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM
Session Overview and the Federal Perspective

The session will begin with a brief overview of the “Blockchain in the Automated Vehicle Ecosystem” session as well as the review of the session objectives and expected outcomes. The session will begin with an overview of the federal perspective as it relates to blockchain technology and automated vehicles.

  • Dale Thompson, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Enabling Technologies Team

1:40 PM – 2:00 PM
Blockchain 101 – An Overview of Blockchain Technology
You may have heard the term “blockchain technology” before, in reference to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—but this emerging technology can be applied to other areas as well including transportation. Information held on a blockchain exists as a shared—and continually reconciled—database. Essentially, blockchain is a method of digital record-keeping that is extremely secure because it is not stored centrally and each entry cannot be retroactively modified. The secure nature of transactions and the authenticity of the data offers the opportunity to revolutionize the world. This session will discuss the fundamental elements of this emerging technology.

  • Rajat Rajbhandari, Co-founder BlockSec and CEO and Co-founder dexFreight

2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
Potential Use Cases for Blockchain and Automated Vehicles

Blockchain/distributed ledger technology in an automated vehicle ecosystem plays a critical role in transforming mobility, ensuring cybersecurity, facilitating transactions making ride-sharing easier, securing automated vehicle credentials, among other areas. This presentation will discuss the breadth of blockchain’s potential reach within the Automated Vehicle ecosystem. Can this potentially disruptive technology be brought to bear in a coordinated way to speed AV deployment success?

  • Chris Ballinger, Executive Director and Founder, MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM
Ad Hoc Cooperative V2X Systems for Obstacle Detection and Coordinated Path Planning

This presentation is a deeper dive into a specific automated vehicle ecosystem use case: the potential of blockchain technology to support localized V2X systems for obstacle detection and coordinated path planning. In this use case, nearby vehicles and roadway equipment coordinate using blockchain technology to share information on what obstacles are collectively detected by all entities, and then to sort out/optimize collective paths for vehicles that avoids these obstacles – and each other.

  • Karl Wunderlich, Director Surface Transportation Systems Division, Noblis

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM
Questions & Answers and Discussion