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How IOTA Can Influence The Autonomous Car Industry

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The industry of self-driving cars has made a lot of progress in the recent years, and according to a recent demonstration by Volkswagen, a lot more is to come soon.

Volkswagen’s presentation at Germany’s CEBIT ’18 Expo in June of this year has unveiled that the carmaker is joining forces with IOTA blockchain. IOTA has become known for its association with car manufacturers and IoT devices. Now, Volkswagen wishes to show how IOTA’s blockchain technology can be used for improving self-driving vehicles.

IOTA’s PoC demonstration especially indicated that the project’s Tangle architecture can assist carmakers with the possibility of secure transfer of various software updates. The updates would arrive over-the-air and would be a large part of VW’s ‘Connected Car’ system. Obviously, the carmaker wishes to make the blockchain technology a large part of the future mobility.

It is also important to make a distinction between the terms autonomous and automated. According to Mathworks’ Jim Tung, autonomy is a concept of self-governance. This basically means the ability of a vehicle to make its own decisions, and not depend on the human intervention in new situations. This is different from automated robots, that would always perform the same action each and every time.

Automated machines can only work in the perfectly controlled environment, while autonomous machines can use the existing data to make split-second decisions that may differ from the situations that they are familiar with. The only issue is to give them enough data to make them capable of making such a decision, which is where IOTA comes in.

About IOTA

IOTA is an open source ledger that is distributed in quite a revolutionary manner. It doesn’t rely completely on its blockchain like many other such projects, but on its other invention by the name of Tangle. Its platform allows numerical money transfers between all of the connected devices. These transactions are what we know as micropayments. Another important part of the platform is that it has no fees for these transactions, which is more than beneficial for such micropayments.

The team behind IOTA wishes to allow all connected devices to contribute their own data and other properties in real time. This concept is revolutionary by itself, and when applied to autonomous cars, it can be a real game-changer for the industry.

Tangle explained

Now that we are a bit more familiar with IOTA, let’s take a closer look at Tangle. Tangle is a new way of structuring data, which is based on DAG (Direct Acyclic Graph). This means that the system has a topological order. Basically, it allows different kinds of transactions to go on different sidechains of the network, all at the same time. This allows it to eliminate things like chains, blocks, and even miners. This is also what made IOTA stand out from other blockchain projects, and what allowed this project to also eliminate transaction fees, and make data transfers more scalable and secure.

The fact that different types of transactions can all run at the same time can be of immense value if the system is used for a specific purpose, as in the case of Volkswagen’s new plan. There is another big difference that makes IOTA’s system stand out, and that is the way that transactions are made. Since there are no miners to validate transactions, they can only be made by those who are actively engaging on the network’s consensus. This is done by approving two previous transactions, which is a great way for a system to ensure that the network will achieve consensus.

IOTA’s website offers an entire list of various features, many of them quite unique. Those include things like the absence of transactions fees, quantum-immunity decentralization, and increased scalability.

Security issues

This process can have great applications when its implementation is perfected, and it will especially improve transparency and security. Previously, there was a lot of concern regarding the potential exploit of the autonomous cars’ software. Various studies have shown that it is possible to infect the software with malicious code, which would then interfere with steering, acceleration, breaks, or maybe even completely disable them.

Blockchain technology might be able to eliminate these dangers, but there are still a lot of tests and trials to be one. Especially, after considering that Volkswagen has had a two-year-long legal battle with security researchers after they uncovered a flaw in the cars’ keyless entry system. The fact that Volkswagen tried to keep things quiet when the researchers wanted to publish their findings did not help the company’s image.

Now, it would seem that the company is ready to turn to transparency. Hopefully, this might be enough to regain the trust of authorities, as well as its customers.

What does the future have in store?

IOTA’s goal is to bring the economy of autonomous machines where various devices can communicate with one another through Tangle. Of course, this would include autonomous cars as well. The project is already making steps towards this goal, and they have already launched a first car-charging station that receives IOTA coins as payment.

Additionally, IOTA wants to make its system a part of MaaS, and allow it to make use of its distributed technology for the purposes of accounting. This would allow for various new possibilities, like making payments and reservations or VW’s self-driving cars.

This technology might then develop to allow even more uses, like planning trips, booking tickets, and more. Not only that, but IOTA also entered a partnership with MOBI, which is a hint towards its plans to also enter the transport industry.

Finally, there are Volkswagen’s plans, which are envisioning the use of Tangle for data distribution in their autonomous cars industry. IOTA can allow all updates, transactions, and all other communications between devices to be secure and completely wireless. Over 250 million cars are expected to reach the roads by 2020, all of them connected with each other, and it would seem that Tangle will be the way to go.

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How is the Crypto Market Changing?

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It has been around a month and a half since the start of 2019, and there are already some pretty obvious changes in the way the crypto market operates, especially when compared to the last year. Early 2018 was almost a complete opposite. The previous year started with cryptocurrencies at their strongest, only to see them crashing down after a few weeks. Back then, the ICO model was still quite strong, and so was the hype surrounding the crypto space. New investors kept entering the space, and new startups emerged with their tokens ready to be sold.

As the year progressed, things started to change. The prices continued to drop, the ICO model went down from around $1.4 billion in raised funds at the beginning of the year to only $100 million in the last month.

The ICO model lost investors’ trust, as many of the projects turned out to be either too weak to survive after the crypto winter struck, or scams which tricked investors out of their money and disappeared. Not to mention that the increase in ICOs popularity attracted the regulators who cracked down on them pretty hard, especially in the US.

With all of that happening, it is of a small surprise that the investors started giving up on ICOs, especially with the constant drops in prices which saw even the largest coins…

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Understanding the Uses of Different Types Of Cryptocurrencies

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Cryptocurrencies – a term which has become incredibly prominent in the mainstream media during recent years due to the proliferation of Bitcoin millionaires. As a result, the new form of currency has earned an almost infamous status. However, as with any major step forward, there is still much confusion regarding the use of cryptocurrencies, what different types of innovative electronic cash exist and what they might mean for the future.

We’re putting all of this to rest as we explain what each of the leading cryptocurrencies can do.

Bitcoin

The most popular form of cryptocurrency, Bitcoin was first thought up in 2008 by the elusive and still unknown creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the whitepaper online.

It took almost a decade for the cryptocurrency to reach its peak, but in December 2017 a single Bitcoin roughly exchanged for the price of $17,000, meaning anyone who held a substantial amount of the electronic cash became significantly wealthy.

In its early years, the cryptocurrency was strictly used as an alternative for cash transactions, and predominantly for trading goods and services. However as it has increased in popularity, its range of uses has also widened, now deployed for a variety of purposes including acting as collateral for investments at merchant banks, a direct debit for subscriptions services and most notably for sports betting.

Ripple

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New DoJ Ruling May Cripple Gambling dApps

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A new decision made by the US Justice Department has expanded restrictions regarding online gambling in the US affecting gambling dApps. While the Federal Wire Act of 1961 prohibited online gambling regarding sports since 2011, the new decision expanded on this, and it now includes all forms of internet gambling. Unfortunately for many, this now also includes cryptocurrencies.

The new decision came due to considerable difficulties when it comes to guaranteeing that only interstate betting will take place and that payments will not be routed via different states.

The new announcement was explained in a 23-page-long opinion issued by the Department of Justice’s legal team, which pointed out that the 2011 decision misinterpreted the law. According to that decision, transferring funds was to be considered a violation, but data transfers were not included. By exploiting this oversight, it was possible for gamblers to turn to internet gambling. Unsurprisingly, many have realized this early on, including startups, as well as large, established firms. This, of course, also included cryptocurrency companies as well.

The new decision changes what is allowed online

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