Interessanter Artikel über die Abwicklung von Zahlungsmodalitäten in autonomen Fahrzeugen über Blockchain.
We are all familiar with trusted third parties such as notaries, banks or credit card companies, whose services, not to mention trustworthiness, can be paid for in the form of transaction fees. When it comes to micropayments or nanopayments, however, these fees can be higher than the actual usage fee. Another trustworthy entity is a central bank that can control its currency. But counterfeit security also plays an important role here, while financial markets or political influences are always subject to certain new rules and restrictions. Digital currencies such as Bitcoin have emerged as an alternative means of payment – even if the recent extreme price fluctuations weren’t great for boosting confidence in the new technology. Blockchain-based mobility platform Car eWallet, introduced by German firm ZF Friedrichshafen AG in January 2017, can do without a new currency. It significantly simplifies technical services, digital commerce and cashless payment between manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and customers. "We are building a B2B marketplace where we connect service providers with customers. This marketplace has to be neutral, otherwise it will not be accepted," says Alexander Graf co-inventor and manager of Car eWallet. As the business partners on this B2B platform know each other, they can work with payment terms and schedules. In this standard post-pay procedure, the delivered goods and services are added up and invoiced after 60 days. Distributed ledger technologies work well as every partner has a piece of the system, thus making it transparent. "It is clear who is doing business with each other. This is also ideal from a security perspective," says Graf.