Inclusive Insurance? Businesses See Blockchain As Change-Enabler

The concept of microinsurance is getting a shot in the arm from new technologies, not least among them blockchain. A term coined at the turn of the millennium, "microinsurance" is...

BMW, Ford, GM: World’s Largest Automakers Form Blockchain Coalition

Four of the world's largest carmakers have joined tech providers and startups to form the biggest-ever consortium focused on applying blockchain tech in the automotive sector. Announced Tuesday, the Mobility Open...

IBM Reimagines Proof-of-Work for Blockchain IoT Devices

IBM is seeking to patent a method for ensuring that a network of connected devices can securely execute blockchain-based smart contracts. As the tech giant explains in a patent application published...

China’s State Electricity Firm Eyes Blockchain for Internet of Energy

China State Grid Corporation, the country's state-owned electricity utility monopoly, is looking to blockchain technology to advance its plans for an "Internet of Energy." In a patent application filed to the...

Ford Patent Envisions Car-to-Car Crypto Transactions

A new patent awarded to Ford suggests the U.S. automaker is considering the use of cryptocurrency to let cars on the road communicate with each other and reduce traffic. The patent...

Consensus 2017: People and Machine Problems – Solved with Blockchain?

On a global scale, blockchain solutions are being sought to tackle the word's most pressing problems, everything from identity to financial services for the unbanked, and even world hunger. But on panels...

How Blockchain Tech Could Move Self-Driving Cars Into the Fast Lane

A future with autonomous vehicles is fast approaching – and with it, the idea that blockchain could connect automobiles and other Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices is getting its fair share of attention. Even though smart houses (where doors, thermostats...

Day of Demos: Blockchain-IoT Consortium Kicks Off With Use Cases Aplenty

“Who are all these people interested in this?" The question, asked by Shilpi Kumar, head of product commercialization at Filament, summed up the reaction to a Trusted IoT Alliance event sponsored...

Trust Your Odometer? Blockchain Test Aims to Turn Tide on Car Tampering

When BigchainDB CEO Bruce Pon was working as a project manager for automaker Daimler in the mid-2000s, he envisioned a simple solution for generating and verifying the story of a vehicle. How...

Manufacturing Giant Midea Wants to Put Bitcoin Miners in Household Appliances

Midea Group, a major manufacturer of electrical appliances in China, is seeking to patent a method for mining bitcoin with household items, public records show. The previously unreported application was submitted last...