New research from auto giant Ford shows how new technologies like blockchain can help improve urban air quality.
According to a press release by Ford, the auto company conducted a three-year study exploring the potential of hybrid vehicles in London, Cologne and Valencia to improve air quality in major cities.
After analyzing more than 400,000 kilometers of data, Ford came to the conclusion that blockchain technology could contribute to reducing air pollution.
Hybrid vehicles can automatically switch to zero emission mode when entering a low emission area, using blockchain and dynamic geofencing.
In a trial in Cologne, the blockchain was used to permanently record the entry or exit times of a vehicle in a geographically fenced area, allowing the vehicle’s “green miles” to be stored and shared between city officials and fleet owners.
Contribution to reducing air pollution
Ford says linking vehicles to emissions data from various cities can help reduce air pollution and improve low-emission zone compliance.
Mark Harvey, corporate connectivity director, Ford Europe, claims that blockchain and dynamic geofencing can play an important role in transforming cities.
“Our pioneering research shows that operators of all types can achieve the best of both worlds with PHEV technology and mobilize fleets for improved sustainability without sacrificing productivity. With our latest research in Cologne and Valencia, we have demonstrated the additional sustainability and compliance benefits that connected technologies such as geofencing and blockchain can provide to cities, citizens and operators. “