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The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating blockchain-powered delivery drones

April 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation. USA Recently, he released his efforts to further exploit blockchain in the drone world.

“Blockchain technology is being explored to provide a framework that can be used by those interested in the commercial drone industry.”the government agency said in a April 15 report, noting the benefits in areas such as security, identification management, conflict management, flight authorization and air traffic management.

Drones have great potential

The U.S. Department of Transportation listed a number of use cases for drones, also known as drone systemsor UAS. From medical supplies to military strike capabilitiesThese flight robots can be operated alone or by remote human intervention.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating blockchain-powered delivery dronesThe U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating blockchain-powered delivery drones

“The number and variety of UASs and the various operations they are participating in, or are likely to do soon, make these aircraft particularly trustworthy and the operational integrity that blockchains offer, “the report said in detail.

Blockchain increases trust and traceability

However unmanned aerial vehicles have an element of responsibility, since nobody is on board these small platforms to secure their processes. “Blockchain can create trust through the use of guidelines and protocols,” the report says. Mention a group of potential areas where blockchain could bring more security This includes aircraft communication, tracking and protocol for congested areas, to name a few.

“Blockchain has already been used to address some of the UAS’s trust and integrity issues.”says the report. Since the authorities can retrospectively investigate previous drone accidents using flight data recorders, By adding blockchain to the equation, this data becomes more effective and useful.

“A blockchain-based black box would do this in real time and could also allow law enforcement to be proactive and non-reactive,” the report said, adding:

“A company has proposed a blockchain-based black box UAS system that industry regulators can use to track and review drone flight data. Insurance companies can insure drones based on reliable third-party data and to pilots to ensure compliance To ensure regulations. “

In mid-2019, both IBM and Walmart registered drone patents for the blockchain, which shows an increasing interest in the application of the technology in this sector.

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