IOTA clears vehicular application test to upgrade privacy
The research paper of IOTA has given a clear indication of it being successful in the vehicular application test for improving the privacy. The paper entitled, "IOTA Feasibility and Perspectives for Enabling Vehicular Applications” was published on 29th August. The study has shed light on the feasibility of leveraging IOTA Tangle that contributes towards strengthening the privacy factors in the vehicular applications.
The authors of the research paper
The individuals to participate in the research work to develop the paper has involved Emanuel Vieira [DETI], Joaquim Ferreira [ESTGA, IT] and Paulo C. Bartolomeu [DETI, IT]. The fundamental ground of discussion present in the paper is Automobile industry. Over a period of time, this industry has been testimony to a number of transitions and transformations.
In the recent past, we find a shift undertaken by different businesses and industries as well to the "Internet of Things" which has currently been a ‘much-talked-about concept’. the “Internet of Things” [IoT] where all small and big things referred to as ‘smart things’ are connected through the Internet.
IoT enables the connection of "smart things" through Internet facility which has lately seen its adoption in the automobile industry. This adoption led to the emergence of the idea comprising ‘Autonomous Vehicles’ or driverless or self-driving vehicles. According to the research paper, “Vehicles became autonomous and (wireless) communications have evolved to provide connectivity with quality of service and flexibility tailored to enable such applications.”
It is further stated, “The future of transport and mobility will surely be enabled by autonomous vehicles encompassing sensing capabilities that can cooperate with each other and share their sensing resources and perspective with the nearby infrastructures and neighbouring vehicles.”
The authors have unanimously opined that with respect to privacy, anonymity and security, a number of issues hover. The authors have referred to a 2015 example while commenting, "In 2015, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have demonstrated that they could take control over the Internet of a Jeep Cherokee’s entertainment system by meddling with the dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission, all from a laptop that could be anywhere in the world.”
Also, the blockchain technology may serve as security solution for providing support to the existing ones. According to the author, “Over the last few years the blockchain technology has managed to attract immense attention due to its intrinsic properties such as trustless operation, immutability, transparency, easy verification, cryptographic security, auditability and independence of third parties.”
The research has specified that with the passage of time, the number of applications for the adoption of blockchain has increased. In conclusion, the paper has stated that IOTA Tangle has exhibited minor delays of transaction compared to the blockchain technology that is already existing, thereby, making it apt for the vehicular application.
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