General Motors is turning towards Blockchain to store all data related to its autonomous vehicles. In a patent applicationto the U.S. patent and Trademark Office, the vehicle manufacturing giant details how the data will be not only stored on the decentralized ledger, but the data would also be shareable between users.
GM intends to use and share the data between cars for a variety of purposes. One such role is navigation, “It is desirable to provide locations information and densities of vehicles in regions in an online blockchain ledger for interoperable information sharing between vehicles of participants for use in navigating routes.”
Autonomous, or self driving, vehicles gather a huge amount of data through its sensors to operate. The data can come in handy for not only other drivers, but it can be shared with other, third party operators and organizations as well. “validity of permits and licenses to operate as hacks, taxis, or other for-hire services” is one way the patent application described how municipalities and public facilities like airports could allow for vehicles to enter a certain zone.
The vehicles could also integrate into the local authority systems. A ticket issued could be recorded into the ledger and if the vehicle owner does not pay within time, validities could be revoked. Similarly, tolls and parking fee could also record for the occupants to pay.
GM has invested a significant amount of money and time into their autonomous vehicle program. They have already announced they will begin manufacturingin 2019. It is also a part of the global Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, a partnership of major vehicle manufacturers that include BMW and Mercedes, to pursue for integrating blockchain technology in the vehicle industry.