The blockchain transport data initiative, which is backed by Jaguar Land Rover’s innovation arm InMotion Ventures, aims to revolutionise the way the mobility industry accesses vital information.
September 13th, 2017 – DOVU, the forward-thinking blockchain initiative that aims to create an open, transparent market for transport data, is announcing the arrival of two new advisors to their board. Rob Jones and Lars Klawitter bring exceptional experience of both the transport and cryptocurrency worlds.
A digital economy for the mobility sector
DOVU’s aim is to equip the transport industry with large, high-quality data sets sourced from the whole marketplace of stakeholders, including customers and corporations.
A wide variety of data – from weather and traffic information to mapping data, geolocation and even driving style – is needed by the mobility industry, but obtaining large and comprehensive data sets is not easy. DOVU will essentially crowdsource this data, enabling providers to sell it to the network for use by the mobility sector. Whilst individuals will be able to submit whatever data they want to the blockchain and receive the protocol’s native coin – the Ethereum-based DOV – in return, businesses will pay for real time access to these transport-specific resources. End users can then use DOV to pay for services within the mobility sector.
The new advisors to the board offer a wealth of qualifications, experience and expertise to the DOVU project.
Lars Klawitter is General Manager, Bespoke, at Rolls Royce, and is also a former member of the Board of Directors for Ethereum. He is perhaps better-known among the public for his appearance on Top Gear, which featured some of the one-off and concept cars he has worked on.
“The automotive industry is at the brink of disruption. Technology for monetisation of connected car data will be a critical competitive advantage going forward. DOVU’s API marketplace brings a fascinating dimension to this paradigm shift as it offers the potential to link use cases across the whole transport sector, not just automotive. By using Blockchain and smart contract technology it provides the base layer for a virtuous circular economy. Having been involved in automotive as well as the Ethereum ecosystem for a while now, I see DOVU as the first credible prospect bringing both worlds together, so I am excited to join DOVU’s advisory board.” – Lars Klawitter
Rob Jones, meanwhile, will back DOVU with experience in community building, coming from a background in fantasy sports as co-founder at FanDuel.com. This is a key role due to the community-based and peer-to-peer nature of DOVU, which sources data in extensive and granular detail from grassroots users.
“Revolutionising the way we move is a collaborative effort. It will take a combination of corporate partnerships, academic and policy dialogues, and crypto developers to set the wheels in motion. DOVU’s circular economy for mobility is based on a collaborative strategy, actively building bridges between all stakeholders.” – Rob Jones
Together Rob Jones and Lars Klawitter bring with a unique combination of skills within both the mobility sector and Ethereum to support the DOVU project.
DOVU’s blockchain-powered mobility vision will be funded in a forthcoming crowdsale on 3 October, at which the DOV token will be offered to participants. This will later act as the ‘fuel’ of the transport data network, which developers can access via open APIs, massively simplifying data acquisition and data-led insights and innovation. The presale of DOV tokens is now on and for more information or to participate in the main crowdsale, visit their website. DOVU will host an Ask Me Anything session on Monday, 18 September at 13:00 UTC. Post questions in the Telegram group ahead of time.