For the next generation of vehicle designs, Bosch is leading a €28 million effort to create secure mobile data open source technology leveraging distributed technologies like blockchain. The 4moveID project is a piece of the GAIA-X European programme, which develops technology concepts and standards for safe information transmission between mobility application providers and their clients. The creation of decentralised digital vehicle IDs will be a necessity for the widespread usage of electric vehicles, automated driving, and the development of connected cities during the next three years.
With the help of the standards being created, vehicles will be able to securely and independently communicate information with one another and their surroundings. There are 18 additional companies involved in the project, including top-tier automotive manufacturers Denso and Continental, “Web3” blockchain technology providers Peaq Technology, Chainstep, Daterella, and 51nodes, datacenter operator Atos, and universities in Friedrichshafen and Saar. Along with Airbus Defence and Space and the German Aerospace Center, it also consists of the R&D company Fetch.ai.
“An integrated and transparent system architecture for the exchange of data on the road that incorporates different products and players simply isn’t available today. While it’s true that some companies out there already offer services, those services are tailored for specific applications, vehicles, or customer groups,” said Peter Busch, project manager at Bosch. “They often map the infrastructure, for example, but they rarely provide information about availability due to a lack of connectivity between the many independently operating service providers.”
“Open standards are needed so that users, for example, can find all available charging stations or pay for charging processes,” said Busch.
The moveID project uses open source tools, including blockchain, for its innovations and makes them available to all providers for multiple business models, whereas GAIA-X depends on decentralisation and the collaboration of diverse cloud service providers under shared rules. The project will employ worldwide renowned technology and software to build management and administrative services to allow communication and commerce between many participants. The infrastructure partners include charging places, barriers, traffic lights, and parking lots.
This will make it possible for service providers to integrate a wide range of offerings with the vehicle’s system, particularly in automated driving. These include news, entertainment, and navigation. Driverless cars will be able to recognise changing conditions and reroute to avoid congestion in a demonstration of zoning using open source secure data. The 4 moveID project will demonstrate this for the first time in Merzig/Saarbrücken, Germany, France, and Luxembourg.