The blockchain technology is being adopted into different industries and the automobile industry is not going to be left out. A combine efforts from four of the world’s largest automakers is going to bring the ‘blockchain’ to your car.
Ford, BMW, Renault and General Motors are working to get the blockchain technology into your car.
An initiative was created to speed up the adoption process of the blockchain called the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative which aims to speed up the adoption of the use cases from the technology which will range from autonomous payments to ridesharing. The CEO of BKCM considers the technology thus,
“This is a tectonic shift in the tech landscape, that has the potential to disrupt the growth plans of legacy tech into the auto.”
The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative has a mission to speed up the adoption of the blockchain, and make sure the industry is on the same page with use cases ranging from autonomous payments to ride-sharing. BMW, Ford, Renault and General Motors are among the 30 companies in the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. Founding members also include IBM, Bosch and Blockchain at Berkeley.
The potentials of the blockchain to impact a range of industries is undoubted. The distributed ledger component and smart contracts, in particular, could reshape the way organizations and products use and consume data. MOBI will focus on payments, data tracking, and supply management, to consumer finance and pricing, and more futuristic areas like autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing systems.
MOBI’s first chairman, Chris Ballinger says, “Blockchain and related trust enhancing technologies are poised to redefine the automotive industry and how consumers purchase, insure and use vehicles.”
This is not the first time automotive firms will be checking out the blockchain. Companies such as Toyota has already started research on the subject matter. Renault has joined the R3 research consortium, and Daimler is part of the Hyperledger project from the Linux Foundation. With MOBI, however, the group is focusing entirely on the automotive space and potential use cases rather than automotive as one of a number of industries.
Chris Ballinger explains MOBI’s function, “By bringing together automakers, suppliers, startups, and government agencies, we can accelerate adoption for the benefit of businesses, consumers and communities.”
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Waves to Launch Blockchain-Based Games Marketplace with The Abyss
Blockchain Platform Waves and blockchain distribution platform – The Abyss will jointly launch blockchain-based marketplace of digital goods and in-game items.
The co-operation will see the building of a universal marketplace of all tradable goods and in-game items offered by Abyss partner game developers through their games.
The marketplace will enable users to purchase items with Abyss Tokens and sell to other users no matter what supported game it was purchased from. This, according to Waves will open another way for game developers to monetize their games on The Abyss.
Waves revealed the Abyss tokens will be integrated with the Waves Blockchain thereby enabling developers to connect The Abyss Token operations directly into their Waves-based games.
This will be made possible and easier by the release of an SDK and provision of technical assistance by Abyss.
Founder, The Abyss Konstantin Boyko-Romamovsky is quoted saying “The Abyss development team has already started preparation for the integration of Waves solution. The respective API methods and libraries will be added to the platform SDK and offered to game studios and developers.”
As a mutual benefiting arrangement, games built on the Waves blockchain will be able to utilize the distribution network of The Abyss therefore getting exposure to a wide audience of gamers.
Speaking on the arrangement between both firms, CEO, Waves Platform, Sasha Ivanov said, “The integration of Waves technology will enable The Abyss to create one of the best and the most advanced digital marketplaces in the video game industry. Apart from boosting up blockchain adoption, it is also supposed to increase the speed of processing trading transactions”.
Based on the Ethereum blockchain, The Abyss is a digital distribution platform for online video games with a unique revenue sharing system. The Abyss offers browser, client and blockchain games and provides game studios with additional customer benefits, from community features to marketing tools. Part of the income generated by sales of games & services is distributed between users in the form of rewards for various activities available on the platform.
A Proposal Has Been Made To Move ZCash from POW to POS
A ZCash Improvement Proposal ZIP was submitted to the ZCash community to migrate the privacy focused blockchain from the Proof of Work protocol to Proof of Stake.
The proposal was made by a user rebekah93. According to the community member, “Zcash was launched using Proof of Work. This meant that as well as removing the risk of POS being in some way faulty, the developers could focus on snark development rather than proof of stake development. Now the situation is a little different, as POS is a little mature and shielded transactions in zcash have come leaps and bounds.
This means that we should be able to switch from POW to POS without diverting developers too heavily away from other protocol improving works.”
The motivation according to rebekah93 for the improvement proposal was “by not wanting to have ‘destroying the planet’ as one of zcash’s most prominent achievements.
This is related to the amount of power needed to maintain the proof of work blockchains with Bitcoin being the highest consumer as the largest pow blockchain.
In order to achieve consensus, the community will have to answer some questions such as:
what properties does it want from POW? BFT or not?, Which are the best POS protocols that satisfy the needed properties, who gets to have the loudest/definitive say, when will it be implemented, who will implement it, will there be a transition period, when will the transition go live?
The ZIP which is currently in draft stage has attracted comments from the zcash community with one member Faddat defending POW by saying it doesn’t harm the environment and that it is one of the most efficient uses of stranded energy. According to him, POS chains have more favourable performance characteristic, but POW is more secure.
Another member of the Zcash community by the name OliverNChalk is of the opinion that the migration to POS should be put on hold and wait to see how the Ethereum imminent migration to POS goes as this would give an idea of how POS looks in the ‘wild’.
A member of the Zcash foundation by the name Sonya said concerning the ZIP “I like proof-of-work because the economics are straightforward and the model is battle-tested. I don’t think proof-of-stake has been around long enough that we should jump on it — maybe another couple of years.”
The proposal was created over 40 hours ago, it has received 1500 views and 12 replies. At current it is still a draft.