Blockchain Based Transportation Network
by Noam Copel, Co-Founder & CEO of DAV
Let your self-driving car give rides to passengers when you’re not using it. Have your drone help with deliveries around town.
Send a package, book a ride, or have lunch delivered instantaneously. Utilize the efficiency for your business and supply chains.
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DAV is a framework of open-source software, open-source hardware, and a free decentralized marketplace where anyone can buy and sell autonomous transportation services using the DAV token. Our technology consists of three major components:
DAV allows autonomous vehicles to discover each other, as well as service providers, and clients around them. DAV implements decentralized node discovery using a peer-to-peer protocol that does not rely on a central server. Instead, nodes are listed in a distributed hash table which can be accessed in an extremely efficient way.
DAV defines a library of standardized communication protocols for various transportation scenarios. This communication is divided into two groups:
on-blockchain communication done directly by calling smart contracts and through events emitted by those smart contracts
off-blockchain communication done peer-to-peer using DAV’s protocols
Trustless cooperation between buyers and sellers of transportation services is achieved using a series of specialized smart contracts. These smart contracts enable multi-party contracts between buyer, seller, and when needed, between arbitrator, insurer, and others. These contracts are tied in directly to the DAV token, guaranteeing financial resolution for transactions between multiple parties without requiring any pre-established trust.
The DAV Alliance brings together members of the autonomous vehicle industry so that we may collaborate on standards and innovations for a global AV network.
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DAV is an open source software platform that allows anyone to buy or sell autonomous transportation services in a decentralized market. DAV integrates into any autonomous vehicle (car, drone, ship), enabling those vehicles to discover, communicate, and transact with one another using a digital currency called the DAV token. DAV will be a protocol that connects vehicles and users, which indeed enables a decentralized transportation market, aimed both at people and vehicle companies, and the Team is already in advanced discussions with companies in the fields of drones, robotics, and automotive.
DAV takes the P2P information transfer capabilities of the internet and the P2P value transfer made possible by the blockchain (in this case, via the DAV token) and brings them to their next logical conclusion, enabling P2P transfer of physical goods. Consider this scenario: a package needs to be delivered using a drone. The parties involved include a sender, recipient, drone operator, goods insurer, and arbitrator. The blockchain, and specifically smart contracts, enable us to conduct these kinds of transactions P2P, directly between these parties, without needing an intermediary, thus reducing costs to all parties while providing them with the assurance they need to conduct business without necessarily trusting each other beforehand.
While autonomous cars and trucks have not yet achieved mainstream adoption, the world is awash in innovation in autonomous drones. Companies large and small are popping up around the world offering autonomous drone services to industry and the public. Look up what Amazon is doing, or 7-Eleven, or Flytrex and you will see solid evidence that autonomous drones have arrived and are rushing in to fill a massive service void. DAV will focus on drones at first as the technology is right on the cusp of mainstream adoption. Autonomous cars, buses, trucks and marine vehicles will be addressed in due course. Also keep in mind that there is an important interim step that DAV can help with, by decentralizing manned vehicles. A disintermediated version of Uber or Lyft for example is the next natural phase in this vertical.
DAV tokens are essential for a truly decentralized transportation marketplace. The tokens are transferred using smart mission contracts. These contracts are automatically enforced, so the correct number of tokens is paid to the vehicle owner, to the service provider, and to the insurer, at the right time, with an agreed upon process to handle potential disputes. Economically the DAV token is needed for users to participate in the innovative DAV platform. Early AV owners and service providers using DAV will benefit from historically low barriers to market entry (enabled by the DAV platform), along with operational optimization. As AV transportation matures and grows, so will the utility of the token and the broader adoption of use cases.
We are working on this on more than one level. First, we have software that can reside outside of the vehicle (i.e., either on a remote server, or onboard an aftermarket component attached to the vehicle). This software can speak with the vehicle using its existing APIs to give it commands, receive telemetry data, and more. We are already working with a number of autonomous vehicle manufacturers this way, both integrating with their existing APIs, and working with them to open new API capabilities. Second, there are common standards emerging for autonomous vehicles that will allow the addition of external ""apps"" to the vehicle's IVI (with appropriate permissions, of course). We are in touch with someone who has been doing a lot of great work on this over at Automotive Grade Linux, and we are looking into that as well. Finally, we will be working with manufacturers to integrate DAV technology directly into their vehicles. This will happen at a later stage, but we are already in talks with a few companies about this at the moment. To make this possible, we are creating developer tools and SDKs for different programming languages and platforms. These tools ease third-party development and allow our partners to focus on their core business by abstracting a lot of the complexities of working with blockchain, doing decentralized communications, etc.
DAV is built on the Ethereum Blockchain.
We are looking at various approaches to improve transaction times and lower fees (which is critical for micropayments), including using side chains, but we have not announced anything yet. We are also in discussions with several partners who can solve for any scalability issues. We chose the Ethereum platform because it has by far the greatest concentration of developer talent working on it in the blockchain space. The core development team at the Ethereum Foundation is heavily supported by game theorists and formal verification experts, and they have ample funding. To top that off, the commercial and industrial interests that have aligned with the Ethereum blockchain are global heavyweights: Cisco, Deloitte, Intel, Mastercard, Pfizer, Credit Suisse…just to name a few. With that kind of backing and interest, we feel Ethereum is currently the protocol with the greatest chance for global adoption at this time. To address your concerns about transaction speed and congestion, we’d like to highlight that we need to be looking at potential rather than current status. We all recognize that it is still early days for blockchain technology, and thus the foundations are currently being built for future use. Vitalik Buterin recently said, “I expect 2018, at least within the Ethereum space that I’m best able to speak about, will be the year of action. It will be the year where all of the ideas around scalability, Plasma, proof-of-stake, and privacy that we have painstakingly worked on and refined over the last four years are finally going to turn into real, live working code that you can play around in a highly mature form in some cases on testnets, and in some key cases even on the public mainnet. Everyone in the Ethereum space recognizes that the world is watching, and we are ready to deliver.” Having said all that, our gifted CTO and CEO are both accomplished technologists who keep a close watch on the broader ecosystem, and should another platform make a better case for the success of DAV, migration would be an option.
DAV's team consists of successful entreprenuers, innovators, blockchain experts, and autonomous vehicle specialists. Our team, together with our advisors, partners, and community, are building the future of transporation together. You can learn more about who we are in our Team section.
DAV is a registered non-profit foundation in Treforma AG, Grabenstrasse 25 6340 Baar, Zug, Switzerland. The team is located in Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Switzerland.
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