Groupe Renault announces prototype of digital car maintenance book
Groupe Renault announced a prototype for a digital car maintenance book, leveraging Blockchain technology, built in collaboration with Microsoft and VISEO. Blockchain technology is designed to ensure that data in the car passport is stored in a secure and transparent manner.
Currently, information about customers and their vehicles is spread across multiple information systems maintained by entities such as automakers, insurers, and repair shops. This new digital car maintenance book, with its open architecture, is intended to gather important information in one place that is accessible by the customer. This feature will be particularly important should an owner want to sell a vehicle; with this new technology, he/she can make information about the history of the vehicle more transparent by authorizing the potential buyer to access all the data in the digital car maintenance book, creating more trust between the buyer and the seller. Elie Elbaz, Digital & Connected Vehicles Director for Groupe Renault, addressed future benefits of the technology, explaining, "Beyond this project, this technology will be a major step forward for connected vehicles and the micro-transactions and security requirements associated with them.”
As part of the project, Microsoft provided access to the Microsoft Azure Blockchain technology. VISEO, a consulting firm, oversaw the overall technological implementation of the project, working closely with Chinese start-up BitSe, as well as the user design.
Through this collaborative approach, Groupe Renault and its subsidiary were able to access expertise that is not yet commonly available in the market, enabling them to grasp the various technological options and identify business opportunities early in the process. For more information about Blockchain technology, visit https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/.