The government of the city of Sejong, South Korea, which is the country’s testing ground for major smart city solutions, announced Friday that it will establish a blockchain-based platform to store and verify digital identities of autonomous vehicles.
An Asian news agency, Aju Business Daily, said the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT, as well as the Korean Internet technology monitoring agency, Korea Internet & Security Agency, would lead the development of the platform management and identity verification.
According to an official of the city of Sejong, the blockchain-based technology platform “will considerably increase the credibility of the data by strengthening the security of the information shared by the cars and their control tower”.
Prepare against illegal cloning of autonomous cars
Although autonomous vehicles are still far from common, Sejong has already started to prepare to fight the crimes linked to these advances.
The technological wing of LG Group, LG CNS and a Korean manufacturer of autonomous shuttles will work in collaboration with the city government of Sejong to develop an encrypted identifier based on the blockchain, called decentralized identifier or DID. This could help prevent the illegal cloning of identities or the hacking of autonomous vehicles.
The report explains that the identity verification system will deploy multiple layers of encryption for data shared between cars and road facilities using “vehicle to everything”, or V2X, communication.
South Korea is at the forefront of blockchain innovation
The South Korean government has shown immense interest in blockchain technology and its implementation in major industries. In April, the government declared blockchain a “golden opportunity” and called on private sector companies to use its potential for technological innovation.
Although the government has previously been unsure about cryptocurrencies, it has made constant efforts to legitimize cryptos and propose favorable regulations. Cointelegraph also said that the Bank of Korea has launched a pilot program to assess the logistics of issuing a digital currency from the central bank, or CBDC.