BlackBox

Securing & Distributing Self-Driving Car Data

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Technologies Used

nodejs
react-native
ngrok
react
IPFS
Ethereum

Project Team

Eagle Wu
Designer Entrepreneur
Cole Ellison
Developer Designer
Lane Rettig
Developer Designer Entrepreneur Investor
Tristan Kernan
Developer
Will
Developer Entrepreneur

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About

Link Here if needed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSLDOLKfb7k With 10 Million self-driving cars expected to hit the road in 3 years, it's quite clear that these cars will be everywhere on global roads very soon. However, these cars are still made by human beings, operate in an unpredictable world, and can be hacked. Accidents will happen. Car manufactures have tampered with their cars in the past though. In fact, Volkswagen recently created sophisticated software to cheat an emissions test, an act that cost the firm $20 billion. Imagine the implications now when the company controls EVERY function of the car. As important as safety and regulation must be, the government must also balance privacy rights of consumers. We wouldn't want our car location and cameras to be recorded constantly. The challenge for government is balancing security with privacy. With Blackbox, we achieve such a balance. Blackbox streams car data and camera footage from self-driving cars into ipfs only when a collision is detected. Since we had limited access to a self-driving car (we couldn't afford a Tesla), we studied the physics and engineering behind collision detection systems and recreated it with the GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors on a smart phone. We then strapped our phones on our car, mimicking the cameras and sensors on a self-driving car. When a collision is detected, the phones record footage and get car data and streams it into IPFS. Streaming is key; even if the entire car is destroyed, the data is saved. The ipfs link is written into ethereum - the hash, footage, and data are made available on our site. This data doesn't just help law enforcement and insurance companies though. This data is also available for analysis to prevent future collisions. In fact, our team recently talked with Tesla and Lyft - which both expressed interest in integrating Blackbox to bring their autonomous cars to market faster. Self driving cars are expected to save thousands of lives every year. By safeguarding consumers, giving firms and researchers access to vital data, and helping governments create good policy, BlackBox will save thousands more.

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