In recent news it has been announced that an international collaboration between the IOTA Foundation and the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) is promising to spark smart mobility on a global scale. The companies postulate that this will build a global alliance of smart mobility testbeds based on open source protocols and the IOTA data market platform.
IOTA – well-known for their development of the blockless distributed ledger protocol – further explained that this will lead to a global community of developers that support sustainable smart mobility. It will also result in the creation of energy-related applications as well as supply-chain management-related applications. These will consequently create an innovative ecosystem that is both safe and secure to use.
Alongside this vision, ITIC – known for specialising in non-profit open and closed testbeds and automotive technology – have announced that they will expand testbeds to incubate and validate AI-based mobility services. These will be sustainable, and designed to integrate in smart city environments using virtual, augmented and physical testing methods.
It is expected that these methods will create a test data pool that can be utilized to maximum effect by the smart mobility ecosystem, in which developers can access a range of fleets and infrastructures on a global scale. The creation of a unified platform is designed to be able to select the highest quality data from test sites and to share this easily.
In a recent interview with Smart Cities World, Dr Joachim Taiber, chief technology officer at ITIC said “The age of a shared data economy for mobility services requires standardised ways of performing data transactions considering security, scalability and sustainability criteria across very large sensor and actor networks as well as access to high quality test data.”
“This is also a global business. Therefore, our model of funding smart mobility innovation projects will have to work across multiple testbeds, multiple stakeholders – whether on the vehicle or infrastructure side – and across markets.”
The project is set to spark global innovation, and holds particular interest to other EU smart mobility projects. Particularly, the use of open source software for platforms within smart mobility is vital to the growth of EU innovation, and is predicted to speed up the transformation of Smart Cities.
Smart Cities World report that the first live demonstrations at public events as an outcome of the IOTA/ITIC collaboration can be expected in 2018 with a larger group of joint partner companies.