The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) – a global nonprofit working to create standards in blockchain, distributed ledgers, and related technologies for consumers, smart cities, and mobility – has launched the industry's first vehicle identification (VID) standard incorporating blockchain technology into a digital vehicle identification system. The standard – developed by MOBI’s member-led VID Working Group, which includes automotive leaders, start-ups, and large technology companies – represents a step toward the digital evolution of the automotive and mobility industries.
According to MOBI, this first standard (hinting at upcoming development of further standards) focuses on the "birth" of the vehicle as a minimum representation of that vehicle's creation. Subsequent VID phases will add additional product definition, ownership history, and a log of key-events in the vehicle's lifecycle. The result will be a trusted and immutable master record of the vehicle's history and data usage.
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