IBM Patents Blockchain implementation for managing data for autonomous vehicles

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Multinational computing giant IBM is adding its arsenal of blockchain patents with a new implementation for managing data and interactions for self-driving vehicles (SDV & # 39; s). The patent was published on April 2 by the Patent and Trademark Office of the United States.

IBM – which, according to the documents, has previously filed extensive patents for various autonomous car inventions – outlines that a blockchain system could effectively improve SDV configurations by allowing robust privacy and information validation.

The context for a prospective blockchain implementation would be a system where an SDV interacts and predicts the behavior of the drivers of non-autonomous vehicles in the neighborhood.

The patent first outlines the various parameters that can be used to assess the behavior of drivers in the environment, using a wide range of sensor technologies, and how they can be used to optimize risk assessment based on predicted and actual maneuver from nearby vehicles / drivers.

"Detection, detection and detection of driving data can be collected in real time by the sensors in the driver's vehicle and uploaded to a cloud data hub, designated as (…) a mobility information hub (MIH), on which the SDV can subscribe, "the patent outlines.

IBM suggests that blockchain can improve this complex construction and real-time use of environmental analysis and forecasting models by enabling full data functionality, while maintaining the privacy of others.

According to IBM, sensor data can be reported to a blockchain system where public key infrastructure (PKI) is used to "generate the right public-private pairing associate for each SDV / driver, cryptographically signing each data upload or access transaction of private key. "The patent states that the system would only grant authorized entities access to the data.

The patent outlines how an SDV can then gain real-time access to the predicted behavior of nearby drivers through a blockchain client application – for example, by scanning a nearby license plate number.

As previously reported, the American car manufacturer General Motors has also filed its own blockchain patent for a solution to manage data from autonomous vehicles.

An analysis of blockchain-related patents filed by August 2018 revealed that IBM was virtually neck-to-neck with China's Alibaba in terms of the highest number of such patents filed by a global entity. The tech giant also continued to pursue several new blockchain patents in 2019.

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