The American Corporation General Motors may be eyeing a blockchain platform for data management of the future park of self-driving cars.
In the application recently filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, company detailed described the process by which self-driving cars will be able to store their data in a distributed registry. In document GM Global Technology Operation LLC also states that such data are intended, including, for the rapid shared among users of blockchain.
According to General Motors, the technology can be used for various purposes ― for example, for navigation:
"The online ledger will provide quick access to data about the location and number of vehicles that will exchange this information among themselves and use it when you build navigation routes".In addition, General Motors has offered to distribute data between different independent platforms. Information exchange between blockchains of municipalities, local authorities and public institutions (airports, etc.) will determine the validity of permits and licenses taxi companies and other firms providing similar services. In addition, if the vehicle will be fined, the data can be transferred to the relevant authorities through the blockchain.
In the patent application also states that the tying payments into the system will enable the cars to maintain a balance to cover various expenses ― tolls, payment of parking and other services.
General Motors spent a lot of time and effort on the creation of self-driving cars. In March, the company announced that the production of such vehicles will be launched in 2019. It is noteworthy that the study of the blockchain is engaged not only GM, but also other automakers, such as BMW. At the moment they are engaged to form the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative — concern, which wanting to integrate innovative technology in the automotive industry.