[Short general description]: DAV is a computer network that will ultimately connect self-driving vehicles (such as cars, trucks, rovers, and drones) to everyone on that network, enabling them to discover, communicate, and transact using a token. Users can pay for the use of any of those vehicles with a token to get a ride or pick up and deliver a package. People who own those vehicles or the charging stations on the network can earn tokens for the services they provide. Users can have an entire network of self-driving vehicles at their fingertips to bring them anything, or to take them anywhere, with one token.
[Main problems tackled]: By open-sourcing the DAV technology stack and decentralizing protocols around identity, discovery, mission flow, and payments, provided through a modular UI, DAV enables cooperation. New players can enter the market, creating distributed value and growing participation in the transportation economy. A decentralized open source network means that players can independently take action in response to unfilled or poorly filled market needs.
[Main contribution proposal]: The purpose of the DAV cryptocurrency is to incentivize a community-built autonomous vehicle infrastructure and build an autonomous vehicle platform that is commercially viable and essential for cooperation. The DAV network enables the distribution of tokens across all groups of network participants, and the growth of the network benefits all network members.
The DAV network, as a developer-centric platform, creates SDKs for popular development platforms and APIs. It actively encourages developers to take part, making it easy for any developer to participate and contribute within their domain of expertise. The technology behind the DAV network is a stack of open-source software with a developed UI for simple interaction, which enables a truly autonomous, fast-scaling transportation system
DAV technology stack - five main components, each providing one piece of the puzzle needed to enable a decentralized autonomous vehicle ecosystem (identity, discovery, communication, mission flow, payments.
1) Decentralized identity - DAV network has its own pseudonymous identity.
2) Decentralized discovery - the ability for autonomous vehicles to discover each other, as well as service providers and clients around them.
3) Decentralized communication - this communication can be divided into two groups: on-blockchain communications and off-blockchain communications (peer-to-peer communications)
4) Decentralized mission flow - allowing autonomous vehicles and services to discover each other and communicate with each other
5) Decentralized payments - secure, trustless transactions between two or more parties
6) Fueling a new ecosystem - actively incentivize early adopters in select cities, establishing favorable market conditions and lowering barriers to entry. DAV cities will be designated by the foundation.