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ZF, UBS and IBM bring blockchain to in-vehicle payments

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  • Today, IBM revealed an exciting project in collaboration with ZF Friedrichshafen AG and UBS: to develop the first blockchain-based automotive transaction platform for mobility services.
  • However, the new transaction platform from ZF, UBS and IBM will be just such an agent (insofar as the ecommerce side of things is concerned), and as such represents an important step toward complete automotive autonomy.
  • Earlier this year, ZF and UBS unveiled Car eWallet – a promising system that allows its users to make cashless, on-the-go payments for highway tolls, parking and electric charging.
  • ZF, UBS and IBM engineers co-designed a blockchain that will give consumers access to a new in-vehicle transaction system.
  • By registering for IBM Blockchain, automotive manufacturers and service providers can securely share information and offer drivers new ways to pay for services like parking, in-car delivery or charging.

IBM, ZF and UBS revealed an exciting project today: to develop the first blockchain-based automotive transaction platform for mobility services.

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The announcements are coming thick and fast at Frankfurt’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) this week. Today, IBM revealed an exciting project in collaboration with ZF Friedrichshafen AG and UBS: to develop the first blockchain-based automotive transaction platform for mobility services. This shared ledger technology will enable secure and transparent in-vehicle payments, so that motorists can pay for tolls, parking, car sharing and eBattery charging on the go.

The announcement comes amid a backdrop of widespread excitement about the potential for self-driving cars and fully autonomous vehicles. An important part of achieving this vision is the development of a reliable, autonomous agent that will enable cars to respond to their environment, navigate routes and perform diagnostic checks without human input. It’s a big ask. However, the new transaction platform from ZF, UBS and IBM will be just such an agent (insofar as the ecommerce side of things is concerned), and as such represents an important step toward complete automotive autonomy.

Earlier this year, ZF and UBS unveiled Car eWallet – a promising system that allows its users to make cashless, on-the-go payments for highway tolls, parking and electric charging. IBM’s contribution to the consortium will be to provide a way to synchronize and store information from each network participant in a safe record that only they can access. This capability will transform ecommerce in vehicles by allowing different institutions to connect digitally without fear of security compromise, and it also will create new opportunities for automotive manufacturers and…

ZF, UBS and IBM bring blockchain to in-vehicle payments