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Volkswagen Group Member Of Staff Joins IOTA (MIOTA) As Project Manager

IOTA (MIOTA) has successful signed a Volkswagen Group worker Janine Härtel who from now on, will be working with IOTA’s Mobility & Automotive adoption team as a senior project manager.

Janine felt in love with IOTA Tangle sometimes back. With her colleagues at Volkswagen, she developed the idea of the “software over the air“ PoC using the IOTA Tangle, a statement by IOTA foundation stated.

“During this time she also learned about many other opportunities to adopt DLT to the automotive world, especially for autonomous vehicles and their business models in MaaS applications. Janine has also consulted on several strategic projects in the aerospace and transportation industry, with a strong focus on IT and Engineering.”

“Since her tender age, Janine has driven every car she could get her hands on, old or new, no matter which brand or model,” the statement indicated adding that “she also loves to watch Formula 1 and DTM”.

Janine applied her passion for automobile industry while working for MHP, a Porsche company and a subset of the Volkswagen group, especially on connected car mobility services and Over-the-Air (OTA) connectivity solutions.

She studied communication engineering with a major in mechanical engineering at the Research University RWTH located in Aachen.

According to the statement, “Janine started her career in a spin off company from The Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen, in the field of production engineering.”

“The main focus was on developing an integration platform (myopenfactory) with a consortium of ERP providers, together with small and medium-sized and mechanical engineering companies, to reduce the complexity of intercorporate interoperability between ERP systems.”

Janine while showing enthusiasm towards her new appointment at IOTA said:

“I strongly believe in IOTA’s technology and the vision of a machine-to-machine ecosystem. Examples include vehicles paying for services on demand, such as in-car infotainment, delivery, parking onsite and offsite, driving though countries with toll roads, sharing electric power, and software updates. Most of these ideas are still at an early prototype stage, but I am proud to be part of this change.”

It is believed that her new appointment will help smoothen relationship between IOTA and Volkswagen, a company that is looking forward to applying some use cases presented by IOTA.

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IOTA (MIOTA) Digital CarPass Is On Its Way, Here Are What You Need To Know

Digital CarPass, a project that Volkswagen and IOTA (MIOTA) are working on is near completion and will soon be unveiled for the public use.

Digital CarPass is a practicable application of IOTA for vehicles telematics data. It gives the vehicle the advantage to tell its story: where it went, what it did and how it was treated. It provides tamper-proof mileage history, and guard against odometer fraud in second hand vehicles. It is like a report sheet for vehicles have distributed ledger to ensure data such as mileage is reliable.

In a publication by Calcalist Tech, Benjamin Sinram, head of blockchain at Volkswagen, said in Tel Aviv, that CarPass will be launched in early 2019.

He spoke on how Volkswagen is exploring distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies together with groups like Iota and Energy Web Foundation.

He made known that Volkswagen’s vision is also focusing on autonomous cars carrying out transactions on behalf of their owners using cryptocurrency wallets.

“We want to enable our autonomous cars to (provide) services for you and pay autonomously for these services with their own money,”

Sinram’s team is working on an open ledger which can be used to track the supply chain of cars from manufacturer to customer.

They are also working on “charging protocol”. This protocol, however, runs on the Ethereum network.

Earlier in Berlin, the innogy Innovation Hub presented its physical prototypes and its vision for Industry 4.0 in the “Blockchain, Tangle and Beyond”, they made it known that a number of disruptive Industry 4.0 technologies are now about to be unleashed.

Among what they mentioned was the Digital Twins & CarPass, an idea that enables a vehicle to tell its story audibly. The solution according to them provides an auditable and tamper-proof mileage, trips, environmental, and maintenance data and stores them immutable in the digital twin for private passenger, fleet or commercial vehicles.

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Volkswagen, Audi Employees Being Coached on IOTA (MIOTA)

IOTA (MIOTA)–At this point in the bear cycle, stories of adoption are being being met by investors with muffled grunts and outright frustration. Two years ago, cryptocurrency was starved for news of established companies developing partnerships with the coins, or at the very least drawing interest. Despite the downward spiral of pricing for currencies across the market, 2018 has been a year filled with high-profile partnerships and acceptance by companies that will drive real world use.

Among the list of companies to initiate pilot programs with cryptocurrency, IOTA’s partnership with German-based automaker Volkswagen has been one of the largest. While the actual implications of a partnership with a company whose assets total in excess of 480 billion USD has flown under the radar, it comes in part due to the publicity image of VW in the aftermath of 2015’s emissions scandal. The public outside of crypto may see Volkswagen’s partnership with a cryptocurrency that has built ties with the United Nations as an attempt to grab at straws: the language surrounding the most recent VW-IOTA press release slanted in heavy favor of “accountability” and “security.”

However, many within crypto see the natural progression of IOTA, a currency being built to unite the world of IoT devices, and the looming conundrum of fully-automated vehicles. The integration of a cryptocurrency into automobiles not only eases the transition into a driver-less car economy, but plays to the strength of ride sharing and decentralized transportation already made popular by Uber and Lyft.

IOTA’s position with Volkswagen looks good on paper and carries enough influence to constitute a presence at press events, but many investors are still asking the question, “so what?”. Has IOTA managed to capture genuine attention within the automobile world, and are they being taken seriously by their partners at the Volkswagen group, whose holding includes Audi, Porsche and (the ever popular) Lamborghini?

Reddit users would say yes.

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One curious Redditor, u/4745454B, posed the above question on whether the average Volkswagen employee has been given any information about the 2019’s official roll out of IOTA functionality. It turns out, from the small anecdotal sample given, Volkswagen is apparently taking the integration of cryptocurrency very seriously, with the expectation of IOTA functionality to be a selling point in next year’s offering.

As outlined in the Reddit posts, VW is informing employees, particularly those on the sales side of business, about IOTA as an effort to boost branding for the car. While other car manufacturers have announced nascent partnerships with blockchain startups, clearly Volkswagen views its plunge into cryptocurrency via IOTA as an early mover advantage. Blockchain startups and other crypto-lite tech companies may bring some of the decentralized and security benefits popular within the industry, but they lack the established appeal of coins like IOTA. The IOTA Foundation brings mature development within the space, growing partnerships (UNOPS) and the potential for greater innovation, such as Qubic smart contracts announced at the beginning of June.

However, these currencies do come with reputation. The 70-90% plunge in valuation since last all-time high has given cryptocurrency, including IOTA, the appearance of extensive volatility and uncertain profit. But largely for investors. The VW Group loses nothing from the plunging price of IOTA; they gain all of the utility of cryptocurrency with none of the exposure to price. Remember that crypto may be made up of currencies, but they are technologies at their base which can be used like any other tool.

The volatile price of cryptocurrency can scare away the shareholders of an Amazon or Starbucks, but Volkswagen has everything to gain by partnering with the next stage of innovation to hit the automobile industry.


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IOTA, Volkswagen Aiming for Early 2019 Release

IOTA (MIOTA)–News of IOTA’s partnership with German-based car manufacturing company Volkswagen dates back to January of this year, when then Chief Digital Officer at Volkswagen Johann Jungwirth joined the IOTA Foundation’s Supervisory board.

Last week at the Cebit’18 Expo in Germany, the two companies demonstrated their Proof of Concept (PoC) for integrating Tangle as a desired feature in Volkswagen vehicles.

As apart of the automobile manufacturer’s Connected Car system, Volkswagen will utilize IOTA’s revolutionary Tangle protocol for enabling on-the-go software updates. Decentralized information sharing is highlighted in the PoC, as a way to ensure against tampering with software being delivered to customer vehicles. Volkswagen is counting upon the consensus mechanism of Tangle to guarantee both security and efficiency through its car network program.

Volkswagen’s emphasis on tamper-proof data and a decentralized ecosystem comes in the wake of 2015’s embarrassing and systemic emissions test fraud, when the company was proven guilty of manipulating testing equipment to produce fraudulent results. While partnering with cryptocurrency may not give the immediate image boost the car company is in need of to the average customer, it does provide an avenue for future transparency. The decentralized nature of cryptocurrency safeguards against future manipulation, and provides the digital trail of tampering that could have prevented the widespread fraud of 2015.

As outlined in the PoC, Volkswagen is leveraging the partnership to build greater accountability with its user base,

Core Benefits for Volkswagen. Establish transparency and digital trust with customers, authorities and third parties. Ability to provide an evidence to external parties…Tamper proof & transparent statistical recording.”

While the PoC emphasizes Tangle as a tool for high volume software updates, it also opens the door for potential use with the currency IOTA, including the implementation of smart contracts through Qubic. As ride-sharing becomes a more popular outlet for transportation, and with the advent of autonomously driven vehicles on the horizon, integration with cryptocurrency will pave the way for greater efficiency. Qubic, in particular, allows for the payout of micro-transactions, which will allow riders to pay in real time for distance and time traveled. It also allows for a safe, secure and instant method of transaction to occur without the need for direct interaction with a human driver.

In February, Porsche announced plans to integrate blockchain technology into its lineup of sports cars. Just yesterday, Sprint announced a partnership with blockchain startup NXM Labs to launch its 5G connected car platform. Volkswagen has taken a more direct approach by launching IOTA integration in the early part of next year, utilizing the established currency and functionality of Tangle to provide the immediate benefits of crypto. Because of the open software approach of cryptocurrency, the integration of IOTA on a platform like Volkswagen vehicles provides the development springboard that could lead to greater innovation, in addition to adoption. The possibility for IOTA initiated transactions, such as in payment of tolls or parking decks, is available given the reach of IoT devices and coming wave of smarter vehicles. 

IOTA could set the standard for crypto-based, automobile integration if the Volkswagen deals proves beneficial.