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  • A New Way to Connect to DIMO

    Summary:

    • We’re launching the ability to connect cars via SmartCar, a connected vehicle service.
    • Users who have an active subscription with a connected car app and whose OEM is on the compatibility list will be able to connect with the DIMO webapp.
    • If you do not have a subscription or your OEM is not on the list, you’ll have to use DIMO hardware.
    • Tokens will NOT yet be rewarded for driving. Rewards will launch in late February, with mainnet token rewards slated for Q2. You can read more about the road to the DIMO token here.

    Connecting the First Cars to DIMO

    At DIMO, we’re enabling people and fleets to collect data from their vehicles in as many useful ways as possible. Onboarding vehicles is the first step towards building a user-owned platform that can support open, safe, and clean mobility applications of the future.

    Last month, we announced the ability to add your vehicle by VIN, as well as the DIMO x AutoPi Data Miner, which is a hardware device that plugs directly into a vehicle to collect and store data from nearly any car (although we’re only recommending it for cars less than 10 years old, for now).

    Today, we’re excited to announce a new connectivity option that works for some cars — a software-only option that you can hook up for free without getting off the couch!

    Users with newer vehicles that have an existing Connected Vehicle account (like FordPass or OnStar) can now connect their car to DIMO via a platform built by our partner Smartcar.

    Not all cars are set up to support this option, but we decided to build it because roughly 50% of new cars today are already connected, and 75%+ will be in the next few years! DIMO automatically checks your vehicle’s compatibility and will offer you the ability to connect in the DIMO app if your car is on the list.

    SmartCar has done an amazing job of building a tool that abstracts away the complexity of interacting with 15+ connected vehicle platforms that all have varying levels of performance and functionality.

    The Automotive world is complex. Source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/15-corporations-make-most-cars/

    This is a piece of the puzzle, not a perfect solution!

    SmartCar will be the first and easiest step of connectivity for many vehicles and users, but there are some limitations that are important to identify upfront.

    For privacy-concerned individuals, opting in to an automaker-provided connected vehicle services can result in unwanted data sharing, beyond the control of DIMO (or even you as a user).

    While we’re providing you with the SmartCar connectivity option as a way to easily collect and store your own copy of the data from your vehicle, we can’t guarantee that the information will only be stored by DIMO (like we can with our hardware miners).

    Because it comes from the onboard connection, data passes through the vehicle OEM (Ford, Tesla, etc), their connected vehicle platform provider (Autonomic, OnStar, etc), and through SmartCar servers on its way to your DIMO data vault.

    In the spirit of transparency, we’re linking to SmartCar’s privacy policy here.

    Another thing to note about SmartCar connectivity: You can only refresh the data every hour, due to limitations on the SmartCar API. This is true for hitting the “refresh” button in your DIMO Dashboard or re-authenticating with SmartCar.

    This is yet another reason the AutoPi upgrade is going to be so phenomenal for users: constant, real-time data without refresh!

    To ensure maximum token earnings on launch (and privacy, if you wish to opt-out of any 3rd party services like SmartCar and your OEM’s connected vehicle services), we still recommend that non-Teslas less than 10 years old upgrade to the DIMO x AutoPi device. There is a small amount of preorder supply remaining and we’re working hard to secure more supply for the US, Canada, and Europe in 2022!

    Where is this feature headed?

    We’re excited to use SmartCar as a connectivity option for users, and to produce aggregated insights into the performance of existing connected vehicle platforms in the market.

    As connected vehicle features become increasingly important to consumer experience, safety, and privacy, we can be the first to measure performance of these features across OEMs and provide an additional layer of transparency into this critical digital infrastructure.

    We’re going to report out early and often on what stories the data can tell us. We’ll also be building new features and helping release new apps and services that can be built with this data.

    Getting Connected

    If your car is compatible with SmartCar, in the DIMO app you will see the ability to “Connect this vehicle.”

    It’s a very simple process. You will need an active account with your vehicle maker’s connected car service, like Tesla, FordPass, or Toyota Remote Connect.

    It’s pretty slick

    If you see the green icon and “Connected,” congratulations, you’re all set!

    You may see a banner to upgrade to the DIMO x AutoPi miner. While not required, the hardware will confer two major benefits to users: much more data about your own car to consume and store, and higher rewards if you choose to share that data.

    Whether you choose to upgrade or not, you’re now set to start gathering your own vehicle data and to Drive-to-Earn in the next few months.

    Stick around and help us upgrade the Digital Infrastructure for Moving Objects

    We’re just getting started. Over the next few months you’ll see a slew of new features and updates from DIMO. We always encourage people to learn more by visiting our blog or reading more in our deep dive documentation. Last but not least, if you’re not already in the DIMO Discord, hop in and join us.

  • Road to the $DIMO Token

    We’re starting a two-phase test period. Phase 1 will have no rewards. In Phase 2, rewards points map to mainnet tokens delivered through a retroactive airdrop.

    Since the project was first announced less than 2 months ago, over 10,000 people have created DIMO accounts and registered vehicles. Beyond that, thousands have preordered the forthcoming DIMO Data Miner and over 3,500 people have joined the DIMO Discord community. We are excited to introduce Drive-to-Earn to the world and get drivers earning $DIMO tokens for vehicle data, but we have a few steps before that.

    As this post will explain, token rewards for vehicle data have not yet been activated, and below is our plan, passed in a proposal from the Core Team, for starting the rewards allocation within the community.

    Why this approach?

    We’re aiming to accomplish three main goals with this approach:

    1. Fairness. Maximize fairness of early rewards allocations by ensuring we have a number of ways for drivers to connect their vehicles. While not every interested driver will be able to, by offering at least a few options we can have a larger initial pool of earners.
    2. Resilience. Unlike many awesome defi projects that are just smart contracts, DIMO has many other critical moving pieces (that was a pun). Our software is connecting to real objects in the real world, and we have additional development steps to take to make our software secure and resilient.
    3. Regulations. Complete regulatory clarity. Some crypto projects can do what they can to avoid the long arm of regulators by going anon or moving overseas. Since we’re tackling the physical world, we have to have a real presence, and this means doing everything we can to ensure the future of the project by abiding by regulations.

    You can read more about the $DIMO Token here: https://docs.dimo.zone/dimo-overview/token/what-is-usddimo

    Roadmap

    Testing Phase 1: Testing Initial Vehicle Connections

    Starting January 2022 and continuing through at least February, DIMO users will be able to connect their vehicles via software API connections and the DIMO Hardware Miner to begin collecting their own vehicle data. The purpose of this period is to test connections and diversify the connection methods so that the maximum number of drivers can use DIMO. Once 1,000 cars have been connected, we’ll move into Phase 2.

    Testing Phase 2: Rewards prior to Mainnet Launch

    Starting in February, we’ll allow users to start accumulating points which will entitle them to a portion of the retroactive distribution of tokens for early users once the token goes live. These off-chain points will not exist on any blockchain, only on our servers (like Reddit Karma). Hypothetically, if a user earns 1% of all points earned by all users in the pre-mainnet phase, they’ll earn 1% of the retroactive airdrop.

    Referral bonuses: DIMO will allocate to users up to 100 $DIMO per each new user they sign up, using their referral link. In order to earn the allocation, the users they refer will have to prove that they’re legitimate users of the platform, by connecting their car and actually streaming data. Everyone’s referrals are being tracked and will be visible in the app when point allocation begins in Testing Phase 1.

  • Designing Better Organizations

    Our ability to solve big problems as a human race is only limited by our ability to collaborate with each other. Everything comes down to coordination and we have the chance to do better.

    You might be familiar with the opaque, somewhat arbitrary, and bureaucratic budget routine corporations go through every December. I certainly am — I’ve worked in corporate finance for over a decade. A small team of executives with limited context reviews a spreadsheet to make sure that expenses are only increasing by a little. Afterall, nobody gets fired for approving a mere 4% budget increase.

    The traditional corporate operating structure was perfect for manufacturing teapots in 1925, but we’ve outgrown it. The more centralized an organization is the more organized it can be — but only to a point. Structures that rely on a complex chain of command aren’t conducive to innovation and adaptability at a larger scale. Each time information passes from person to person, valuable information is lost before finally reaching a decision maker (if ever). And decision makers lack more and more context as their organization grows larger and more complex. Companies also struggle as the personal incentives of executives fall out of alignment with the whole. It’s why a tiny centrally planned village run by a chief can work great, while a centrally planned nation-state cannot.

    If you’re deep into web3, you might also be familiar with the way Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) raise proposals to fund work streams. While they’re at least transparent, they’re far from perfect. Voters almost never deeply understand what they’re voting on and they struggle to monitor the impacts of various voting decisions. Curve and Yearn are both phenomenal projects and have inspired aspects of DIMO’s design, but their proposal to give a combined two million dollars to a group of lawyers to advocate on behalf of the industry is crude compared to a traditional work contract you’d see at a corporation. And the community collaboration and voting process has room to improve. It’s progress, but we’re not there yet.

    The more decentralized and flat an organization is, the more scalable and resilient it is — but such systems require robust infrastructure and incentives to combat coordination failure. For example, a decentralized, market-based economy works great for countries. For a self-sufficient village of twenty people, the risk of market failures and the cost of establishing contract laws, court systems, and monetary systems isn’t worth it.

    Enter DIMO

    DIMO intends to take organization design to the next level. There are many excellent teams building new software for DAOs, and we’ll both use those tools and contribute to their development. However, for now, we expect our contributions to mainly focus on improving human-centered operating processes.

    To optimize for effectiveness, alignment, and scalability, we will delegate authority and responsibility broadly; operate with full transparency; use token-based staking, credentialing, and contingent funding systems; and use proactive performance monitoring.

    Org structure matrix inspired by Index Coop materials

    The Process

    As explained in our docs and blog, DIMO will be governed by the holders of the $DIMO token. Token holders will either be able to vote on matters directly or will be able to delegate their vote to another person in a liquid democracy.

    Liquid democracy illustration (inspiration for the graphic from Horizen Academy)

    Any person who has been delegated 10,000,000 or more $DIMO is a DIMO Steward and will automatically be added to [d]Stewards. Stewards, both individually and collectively, have special authorities and responsibilities, including the ability to introduce proposals for full community voting and the responsibility to advise and occasionally intervene with other [d]Teams.

    It’s not reasonable to expect voters and even stewards to get into the weeds and vote frequently on small ad hoc decisions. Proposals voted on by the community, called DIMO Improvement Proposals (DIPs), will most often be proposals to delegate resources and authority to a [d]Team. Certain consequential decisions will also need ratification from the full community (e.g., [d]TokenRewards would still need to bring a proposal back to the voters to officially adjust the $DIMO rewards formula).

    What is a [d]Team?

    A [d]Team is a specialized team that the DAO votes to give resources and/or authority to in order to fulfill a specific purpose. They’re like a department or team in a traditional company. In other DAOs, they’re often called a guild or subDAO.

    We’ll have [d]Teams focused on building decentralized data storage architectures, tweaking token incentives, producing content, designing the mobile app, and more. Some may appoint a leader, some may operate using Teal principles, and others might even go as far as to operate as their own DAO, maybe even with their own governance tokens.

    It’s DAOs all the way down

    In a way, [d]Teams are actually less like departments in a company and more like an external agency contracting with the company. While DIMO may invest in infrastructure to support them (e.g., accounting and HR support), [d]Teams will operate relatively independently so long as they operate within the constraints set forth by the community.

    However, unlike external agencies, [d]Teams will have: ownership of DIMO and aligned incentives as made possible by the $DIMO token; specific authority and responsibility; and full visibility into the operations of DIMO (just like everyone else).

    Today, our [d]Teams are relatively informal and unstructured, but that is changing. We have employees and contractors working on brand design, back-end, front-end, token design, back-office, etc. but they’re not formally organized, scoped, and funded like [d]Teams (yet). We need to get these teams prepped and ready for the full DIMO community to join in and contribute at scale, and we’ll do so by taking them through the process outlined in the next section. And while teams will work to define their onboarding process, those interested in contributing can easily apply for a contributor role in our Discord.

    Examples of [d]Teams

    How is a [d]Team created and funded?

    The simplest way a new team can get started is to receive a small grant from [d]Seed for research and pro-typing, get hired by another team that already has funding, or to forgo funding altogether. For others, the following describes how to get funding and authority directly from DIMO.

    The DIMO community will fund [d]Teams like an investor funding a startup. This means that teams will present what they do, make an ask, negotiate funding and deliverables, and unlock tranches of resources based on hitting agreed upon milestones.

    While voters can adjust this process at any point, our initial design will resemble one that was piloted while I was at ConsenSys. Let’s call it the [d]Team Funding Process for now — and here’s how it’ll work, soup to nuts:

    1 A [d]Team will emerge to accomplish a given purpose (e.g., to write DIMO content to raise awareness). Anyone can form a team, but it will require the support of 10,000,000 $DIMO worth of voting power (1% of tokens) to formally initiate the [d]Team Funding Process. Once that threshold is cleared, the applicant will coordinate with [d]Stewards to schedule their pitch to the community.

    2 This [d]Team will prepare a written proposal as well as a slide presentation covering their: purpose and mission; realistic operating goals; execution plan; financial plan; key risks; team composition and qualifications; team governance structure (how they make decisions); process for onboarding and offboarding contributors; funding request; and their request for specific authority if applicable (e.g., [d]Hardware may request the power to whitelist new hardware miners). It’s recommended that they seek guidance and feedback from at least a couple of stewards.

    3 On a dedicated community call, the team will take one hour to deliver the presentation and another hour to answer questions. During the Q&A, stewards will be invited to ask questions live on the call while anyone else may submit questions via Sli.do, which will be asked in the order of most upvoted. The meeting itself will be recorded and posted for anyone who wants to watch later.

    4 Everyone, especially stewards, are welcome to provide feedback openly to the petitioning [d]Team. [d]Stewards will work with the team to incorporate feedback and publish a proposed coordination contract in Discourse where community members can continue to deliberate.

    A template coordination contract is viewable here. This document will define:

    Scope: Outlining the high-level purpose of what the [d]Team team exists to accomplish;

    Funding terms: Including amounts and conditions (such as timelines or development milestones);

    Operating commitments: For example, [d]Support committing to providing 24/7 customer support;

    Cultural commitments: Clarifying how the [d]Team must act within DIMO (e.g., participate in specific community calls and treat everyone with respect and kindness);

    Reporting commitments: Laying out what regular reporting the [d]Team must provide weekly, monthly, and/or quarterly as applicable (e.g., financial detail, site uptime, support tickets, app changelogs);

    Authority & domain: Detailing what unique powers and rights the [d]Team has; and

    Oversight: Detailing how the team is to be held accountable (more on this in #6 below).

    5 After one week of open deliberation, a vote will go live whereby $DIMO holders are able to vote. These votes will be conducted on Snapshot with a seven day voting window.

    6 If the vote passes, the [d]Team is then managed and evaluated per the oversight conditions set forth in the agreement. Similar to the way a venture fund checks-in with portfolio companies, an analyst is appointed by [d]Stewards to periodically consolidate all reporting materials, build scorecards detailing how the team did in meeting their various commitments, and conduct reviews with the team to dig deeper into the subjective measures of performance. These outputs will be shared with the community.

    But wait… there’s more!

    We hope you agree that this type of internal protocol can go a long way in keeping DIMO organized, effective, and aligned. But please know this is only a piece of what we have planned. This post doesn’t go into any real detail on the usage of internal market dynamics, reputation systems, and incentive structures we plan to deploy at DIMO to unlock even more scale, alignment, speed, and collaboration. Check back here, join our Discord, or follow us on Twitter to stay tuned. In the meantime, sign up today so you can start earning $DIMO soon!

    Disclaimer: The $DIMO token does not exist yet. This blog post is making no guarantees about the nature of the token or its distribution, which are subject to change based on continued legal, tax, and other design considerations.

  • How A Car Connects To DIMO

    credit DIMO community member @shynie

    DIMO is a user-owned IoT platform that allows users to maximize the value of their connected assets, starting with cars.

    Our first product allows drivers to stream vehicle data in exchange for tokens — practically employing Web3 technology to build an open mobility ecosystem.

    If you’re a driver who wants to connect your car to DIMO so that you can Drive-to-Earn or benefit from seeing your vehicle data, use this as a guide to understand your connectivity options, and add your car to DIMO as a first step! We’re accepting new users to our beta on a first-come-first-served basis.

    If there’s no connection option available today for your vehicle, don’t worry! By adding your VIN (vehicle identification number) you are creating a signal that we need to support your car — we intend to support every vehicle & transportation mode over time.

    Keep reading to understand what’s available to drivers today.

    Your Connection Options

    We’ve been testing the platform ourselves for months, and we’re excited to begin sharing it with the world. There are going to be some excellent apps built on DIMO that we never could have thought of ourselves!

    DIMO is designed to work with any vehicle (and eventually any IoT device), but to get started there are two options for drivers.

    Broadly, your car can link to DIMO in three broad ways:

    1. Adding your VIN, which allows the DIMO platform to ID your car and (eventually) to pull in manufacturing, maintenance, and recall information.
    2. Logging in to your auto maker’s existing connectivity service via DIMO’s handy Smartcar integration
    3. Via DIMO-enabled hardware plugged into your car which transmits data to the network over an existing cellular connection or other wireless means — for example we’re building support for Helium.

    DIMO will offer all 3 means of connecting cars when we launch before rolling out more options over time. Our goal is to provide you with the most complete picture of your vehicle’s health, capabilities, and value — so we want to help you collect all possible data about it!

    Getting started with an existing connected vehicle service

    If you have a connected car subscription with your auto OEM (e.g., Ford, Tesla, Toyota), you can connect to DIMO using that username and password. To power this, we use Smartcar, which is like Plaid (how most websites will integrate with your bank) but for your car.

    It’s a great option because if your car is supported, you can connect it immediately instead of waiting for hardware or physically installing a device. The tradeoff is that you’ll see less data about your car and earn lower rewards. There are also privacy implications that vary based on vehicle OEM (GM, Ford, Toyota, Tesla etc) of using your existing connected vehicle service. We’ll detail these in a later post.

    There are two other requirements that might affect your ability to connect:

    • Smartcar supports a wide number of cars which total over 72 million vehicles on the road. Even so, not every car can connect with Smartcar. You can check their vehicle compatibility to see if your car is supported or you can just sign up with DIMO and we’ll tell you.
    • You must have an account with your automaker’s app. These apps, like FordPass or OnStar, are becoming more and more common — and if you have gotten a new car in the last few years, you may have one.

    All in all, this software connection is easy, lets you start earning tokens right away, and it does not disqualify you from upgrading to a hardware option that can earn you more tokens later.

    Getting started with DIMO x AutoPi Hardware v1

    We’re also launching a hardware option for DIMO. While this connection option yields the highest data collection and rewards functionality, it brings different pros and cons to a driver.

    All cars are technically compatible with the DIMO x AutoPi hardware: the device plugs into the universal car data port, known as the OBD2 port, which virtually every car has. You might be familiar with insurance dongles like Progressive Snapshot or Metromile which use this port for siloed “Smart Insurance” applications where you trade your data for cheaper rates on car insurance.

    Initially, we are limiting initial access to hardware in two ways while we build the infrastructure and operations to support all vehicles:

    1. The car must be located in the US or Canada.
    2. The car must be less than ten years old.

    It is strongly encouraged (but not required) to add your VIN before ordering an AutoPi, this way we can make sure your car is properly supported, and eventually provide you with an estimate of your expected token rewards and services available when you connect.

    We’re working to expand the pool of eligible countries and vehicle types as quickly as we can. If you’re technical, it is also possible to join the DIMO community and receive support for adding your existing vehicles by providing DBC codes for your car — particularly if you’re unlocking that capability for other users. Our goal is to support every vehicle in the world!

    A Note on OBD2 Data

    Data from the OBD2 port comes off the car encoded, and each car maker encodes data differently. The good news is that many of these codes — called DBC Codes — are available publicly. Communities of car hackers have been decoding cars and publishing these codes open-source. This makes car data more open — it’s no longer something that only the manufacturer or dealer can read and build applications for.

    Despite all the great work from communities like OpenDBC, you may still have a car that is not adequately decoded — meaning installing an AutoPi would yield limited or potentially even no data directly from the car (although the device itself always provides some data, as long as it has power). This could impact rewards and functionality.

    Drivers who have a car that is eligible for an AutoPi can check in their account and pre-order from shop.dimo.zone.

    Roadmap: More connections to come

    We’re planning to roll out other connection methods for vehicles in 2022. A few on our roadmap are for Q1 are:

    • Dedicated Tesla API Integration: This will give Tesla owners more detail about their vehicle than they get with Smartcar alone. Also, since the Tesla API provides so much data relative to any other automakers, Teslas will not need hardware to earn more rewards.
    • Comma.ai Integration: A special Comma.ai integration that will allow people running comma.ai to stream their data to DIMO.

    Geography: Rolling out slowly to scale properly

    One other variable that may affect how you can connect is where you’re located. There are various technical requirements for data transmission, verification, and storage depending on where a particular vehicle is located. There are also different vehicles and integrations required to stream data from vehicles in different regions.

    DIMO will be starting with cars in the US and Canada, and then moving to expand to other regions.

    Regardless of where you are in the world, we encourage you to register an account and add your car to indicate interest and make sure you’re aware of when we can support your vehicle. You can also join our dedicated international support channel in discord

    Rewards and Compatibility

    We have detailed in our documentation how tokens are issued, but it’s worth adding a bit of detail here. Much the same way that Helium rewards vary based on your location, the location of nearby hotspots, and installation factors like your antenna size and placement, DIMO rewards will vary based on a set of factors.

    There are two large categories of variables that will affect your rewards:

    Connection Method

    As mentioned above, different connection methods provide different depths of data. Think about the difference between SMS and LTE. Both allow you to send text messages, but one lets you stream video — the other doesn’t. More data is always better, so using a connection method that provides more data is always going to earn a driver more rewards.

    Demand Signal: The value of your data will change dynamically

    Right now, DIMO is setting aside token rewards out of the initial token issuance for users — and the DAO will help to create the initial demand for that data. More importantly, DIMO is a market-based system, so we’re going to allow developers and enterprises to create their own demand for data. This means that as an economy emerges around the DIMO platform, the rewards for Drive-to-Earn will adjust dynamically with demand-driven market forces.

    To illustrate: Today DIMO is rewarding new electric vehicles with a higher share of available rewards. We believe that the data from EVs is particularly valuable since the batteries and battery management systems — which have been developed at the cost of tens of billions by automakers — are so new and so riddled with problems. But as DIMO becomes a market system, those who want different data may choose to incentivize new Drive-to-Earn rewards for different vehicle types.

    Learning More

    Anyone who wants to learn more can find much more detail about token rewards and technical roadmap in our documentation. As with any open project, you can also contribute your opinion to the DAO, or submit a proposal about modifying the token issuance.

    Get Started

    You can sign up for a DIMO account and add a vehicle (or vehicles) today. We’ll notify you when we’re ready to help you connect your car, which should only be a few weeks.

    If you’re looking to join the DAO and community, you can find us at our Discord Server. We also know that there’s great interest in deciphering and understanding car data — so in addition to those who want to send us vehicle data, we’re building a community around those who want to decode vehicle data. Car hackers and tinkerers around the world who have been working on this for years? There’s a place for you in DIMO, too.

  • How to Get Involved With DIMO

    DIMO is a multi-disciplinary project. In order to be successful we’ll need to collaborate with mobility, IoT, Automotive, public sector and web3 communities in as many productive ways as possible.

    Recently, a growing group of internet people have gotten excited about what we’re building so we needed to come up with a good way to guide them to the right place.

    In (rough) order from least to most time consuming, here is how you can support DIMO and get involved:

    ☑ Follow us on Twitter (and here on Medium, more social channels will be popping up soon)

    🚘 Connect your existing car or fleet to DIMO

    🛒 After you connect your car, you can preorder a device (which you’ll soon be able to delegate to one of our verified fleet pools if you don’t have a compatible car)

    👋 Join the community on Discord (more on that below) where you can help us decode cars, connect new devices to DIMO

    💻 Build (or integrate) a DIMO-compatible product or service. We’re already incubating a bunch of different ideas, and we’ll begin providing developer access to the platform and announcing a grant pool in January 2022.

    DIMO is committed to building in the open and incorporating a broad set of viewpoints into the infrastructure we’re building and the products on top of it.

    So we created a place for all of that to happen in real-time:

    Enter The DIMOverse — The [DIMO] Discord

    Like many recent projects, DIMO uses a communication tool called Discord. It can be a bit overwhelming to new contributors, so we try to make the onboarding as simple as possible.

    Here’s what you’ll see after clicking this link:

    Open Channels

    By default, everyone can post in general channels and view content from other public channels. For now, we also do product support in Discord too, so people can get (nearly) immediate assistance on any issues they might have.

    We will make a good-faith attempt to engage with anyone who is following the community guidelines.

    This is like Reddit, or a public message board. Anyone can post, so the DIMO core team does not necessarily endorse the content or viewpoints expressed.

    This is the internet so there are memes

    [d]team Verified Contributor Channels

    These channels are for getting work done, and people who are contributing their time to the project spend a lot of time here.

    While they’re open to anyone, to access them you’ll need to submit this form with as much detail as possible on how you want to dig in.

    [d]Team channels like [d]Platform, and [d]Product correspond with general teams, just like you might find in a “normal” company.

    We also have channels dedicated to specific activities like 🔮DBC-Decoding (a community-driven effort to make sure we can read data from every car supported by DIMO).

    Open Data Heroes @swagnon and @DasTholo passing around some vehicle decoding knowledge.

    A note on Identity & Privacy

    One nice feature of the internet is that nobody knows if you’re a dog (or cat)

    In our mission to incorporate the broadest possible group of people, we’re ok with however someone wants to present themselves to the community — whether they use their real name or a pseudonym.

    Some web3 projects have recently launched with fully anonymous core teams, and we’ve personally opted not to go that route for a couple of important reasons:

    • We’re building technology that interacts with the real world, and there’s an additional layer of trust required to get people to want to use DIMO
    • There is real-world reputation and skills that we’re bringing to DIMO from other large companies and projects we’ve worked on in the past. Can’t bring that along without a real name

    In the future we’ll have a more detailed post on our Privacy and Identity policy.

    Where we’re headed

    We want to engage with the mobility, IoT, Automotive, public sector and web3 communities in as many productive ways as possible, so there will be a ton of new ways to collaborate with DIMO in the future (including REAL WORLD events!).

    Stay tuned for more, and you can always say hi to hello@dimo.zone if you prefer old-fashioned email.

  • Drive-to-Earn & Proof-of-Movement

    How and why DIMO is rewarding drivers for sharing their vehicle data

    The web3 world has seen an exciting explosion in “X-to-Earn,” a model that rewards network users for their participation. The basic idea: by using and providing value to a network, an individual or organization can earn income or even ownership stakes in that network.

    Exciting and varied X-to-Earn implementations available to users today. Source: https://twitter.com/yb_effect/status/1463240719594831872?s=20

    This is a revolutionary shift in how users interact with the web. As a web3-native organization, DIMO is founded on the principles fueling this revolutionary shift. We believe that DIMO users should be rewarded for the value they add to the DIMO network — solving the “Platform Problem”.

    Source: https://cdixon.org/2018/02/18/why-decentralization-matters

    Which is why we’re excited to introduce the concept of Drive-to-Earn to the world, built on a new implementation of an old idea called Proof-of-Movement.

    The Drive-to-Earn implementation of Proof-of-Movement is similar to any other X-to-Earn concept: DIMO enables users to collect and share verified data from IoT devices (their cars) to prove that something happened in the real world. In exchange they can receive the network’s native $DIMO tokens.

    DIMO enables users to collect and securely share their vehicle data in exchange for $DIMO tokens.

    Sharing Your Vehicle Data

    Getting started is easy. Drivers create an account and add their car to DIMO. This information is securely stored in an encrypted database. In a few weeks DIMO will offer a simple, software connection that allows users to start collecting their vehicle data. We’re also rolling out a hardware-based connection, much like a Helium hotspot, that allows users to collect even richer data directly from their car’s data port (called an OBD2 port).

    To those who have not considered automotive data before (which is most people), the value in Drive-to-Earn may not be immediately obvious. The fact is, cars produce a ton of data:

    Vehicles produce staggeringly large amounts of data. For example, one hour of driving produces over 25x data as one hour of HD video streaming.

    This amount is going up rapidly as cars become crammed with more and more sensors, cameras, and technology like driver assist systems.

    This data is immensely valuable (if you can access it and put it to work). Vehicles are the most expensive IoT devices most people own. Understanding the inner workings of the subsystems of the car and what’s happening outside the car (via other sensors and cameras) can produce an incredible amount of insight about the world around us and how people and goods are moving in the world.

    Simply put, car data is worth collecting, and it’s critical to make sure people can earn for sharing that data. We’re actively building apps that make it useful.

    Market forces will impact Drive-to-Earn

    Right now, DIMO is setting aside token rewards out of the initial token issuance for users, and the DAO is helping to create initial demand for that data. More importantly, we’re also building a platform that will allow developers and enterprises to create their own demand for data. This means that as an economy emerges around the DIMO platform, the rewards for Drive-to-Earn will adjust dynamically with demand-driven market forces.

    To illustrate: today DIMO is rewarding new, electric vehicles with a higher share of available rewards. We believe that the data from EVs is particularly valuable since the batteries and battery management systems — which have been developed at the cost of tens of billions by automakers — are so new and so riddled with problems. But as DIMO becomes a market system, those who want different data may choose to incentivize new Drive-to-Earn rewards for different vehicle types, like automated trucks, or vehicles operating in peer to peer carsharing/ridehailing networks.

    As we think about how big the market system for DIMO can be, we can see that Drive-to-Earn is really a subset of a broader category that DIMO will reintroduce: Proof-of-Movement.

    Proof-of-Movement

    The world of mobility is much more than cars and it’s expanding faster than ever. It includes vans, trucks, buses, trains, bikes, scooters, drones, and robots for more categories than can be counted, like pizza delivery, or remotely controlled scooters.

    Source: Tortoise

    All of these devices are designed to move people or goods reliably and those “service oriented” movements are most valuable to understand. If you think about the “trips” that matter in your life — a drive you took, a package you had delivered, or going further back a supply chain trip that brought the goods you ordered to a fulfillment center — you realize that there is no single infrastructure where these trips can be logged and verified. Every company has their own walled garden and all are forced to trust one another that their data is accurate when they need to interoperate. There is a better way.

    A DIMO Trip NFT can include details about distance covered, vehicle health, or which fleet operators were responsible for trips.

    Beyond just verifying trips, we also need to think about creating trips. Connected devices are a two way street — we can send data both to them and from them. Sending data to a car or drone will likely involve asking it to execute some command: unlock the doors, park itself, or go rendezvous with a different robot to exchange packages.

    This is what inspires DIMO: creating a standard platform where Proof-of-Movement can be established and verified on a blockchain.

    This will turn the countless walled garden systems that every device maker uses today into an open and composable ecosystem. This new infrastructure — the DIMO Network — will enable innovators around the world to upgrade mobility infrastructure just as defi is upgrading financial architecture.

    Once again, this is not a new idea but a new implementation, and we’re looking to other relevant projects to add “Layers” to DIMO Proof-of-Movement NFTs.

    Case Study: PoM and Parking

    Proof-of-Movement is a concept that will enable a very wide range of applications, but let’s start by tackling one: Automated Parking.

    Let’s say you want to enable a car to drop off its driver someplace like an airport and then go find a parking space — without anyone inside.

    One of our favorite potential applications for DIMO. Source

    At least a half-dozen parties need to agree to and coordinate around a shared version of reality for a car to find an appropriate space and navigate safely. For example: Where is the driverless vehicle located? What are the rules of the road? Where is there available parking? Are there any parking fees?

    🚙 Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs): Controls systems in the car need to respond to instructions and input from users, 3rd party operators, and external sensors. Errors need to be shared.

    📊 Lot Owners: Price and availability is shared properly with current and potential users.

    👩‍💻App Developers: Interfaces can be built into existing mobility or travel apps.

    🏛 Regulators: Incidents and safety issues need to be shared without compromising privacy.

    🅿️ Lot Operators: Realtime state of a lot needs to be communicated to users and owners. Backup controls need to be available to local lot attendants.

    🏢 Insurance Company: Receive data on risk to appropriately triage risk and price policies.

    👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Vehicle Owners: Know their vehicle is stored safely and collect it when it returns.

    In isolation, this problem may not seem particularly challenging, but at a global scale it’s daunting. Dozens of automakers, hundreds of hardware and software companies, transportation operators, real estate managers, and more need to interoperate to make even a simple application like this globally scalable so that each implementation is not replicating efforts by building from scratch each time.

    In order for a driverless vehicle to successfully and safely park in an automated fashion, it is necessary for multiple parties to agree upon a shared version of reality. Source: Priya Dwivedi

    Proof-of-Movement enables the creation of immutable and open data that is a key building block for any complex mobility application.

    We’re also building a number of other applications and use-cases on these primitives, and we’d love to have you join the DIMO movement to accelerate the adoption of a more open and accessible mobility network.

    Get Involved with DIMO

    You can sign up for a DIMO account and add a vehicle (or vehicles). We’ll notify you when we’re ready to help you connect your car, which should only be a few weeks.

    Build with DIMO

    If you’re looking to join the DAO and community, you can find us on Discord. We also know that there’s great interest in deciphering and understanding car data — so in addition to those who want to send us vehicle data, we’re building a community around those who want to decode vehicle data. Car hackers and tinkerers around the world who have been working on this for years? There’s a place for you in DIMO, too.

    Hop in and join us: https://dimo.zone.

  • Introducing the DIMO token

    DIMO is a user-owned connected vehicle platform that enables drivers and fleet owners to earn $DIMO tokens for providing data from their cars, trucks and eventually more IoT assets. That data will be useful to data consumers and app developers who will build next generation peer-to-peer car sharing, insurance, vehicle financing, ride hailing apps, and more on top of DIMO.

    We intend to enable registered drivers to start earning rewards in February prior to the on-chain distribution of tokens in late Spring / early Summer 2022. To register visit https://app.dimo.zone. Read on to learn what the $DIMO token is, as well as how it’ll be distributed and used.

    Simulated imagery of a driver racking up $DIMO tokens

    Drivers who connect their cars to DIMO are our single most important constituent. We also deeply value those who help build the technology and grow the network in other ways, as well as those who build applications on DIMO.

    The goal of a user-owned network is for the control of the platform to reside with the contributors and stakeholders. Mobility itself is decentralized, and we think that the control of digital mobility infrastructure should be too.

    To that end, we’re announcing the $DIMO token — a governance token that will be distributed to our participants and will give this broad and diverse group the ability to initiate proposals, vote on them, and control the direction of the DIMO project over time.

    We also recognize the role that a token can play in establishing powerful networks effects — accelerating the breadth and depth of the extended DIMO ecosystem. By distributing tokens to drivers and requiring data consumers and app developers to acquire and stake the token, we create strong long-term alignment across stakeholder groups.

    Our flywheel showing how the $DIMO token accelerates growth

    Drive-to-Earn

    One of our major goals for Q1 2022 is to launch “Demand Signal”, a fair and simple system for distributing token rewards.

    Once live, weekly distributions of 1,000,000 $DIMO will be split amongst registered drivers. The proportion of those tokens that each driver gets will initially be based on the number of miles they drive, how rare their car is on the DIMO network, how they’ve connected their car, and how their car is powered.

    This is meant to provide the initial demand signal — we want to reward drivers based on how valuable we expect their data to be in the future once the network is more mature. In the future, new demand signal from DIMO data consumers and app developers will supplement and possibly entirely replace our initial issuance formula. For example, an energy utility company may put up a pool of $DIMO to supplement rewards for people who charge their vehicle at times when the grid isn’t at capacity.

    Someone with a rare electric vehicle, who connects via the DIMO Hardware Miner, and drives across the country will earn far more rewards than someone with a common gas car, who connects via a software API, and drives back and forth to the grocery store.

    The rewards plan can always be altered by $DIMO token holders, but the planned formula for network launch is visible here.

    Other ways to earn

    Driving won’t be the only way to earn $DIMO. Users will earn up to 100 $DIMO per each new user they sign up, using their referral link. In order to earn the full bonus, the users they refer will have to prove that they’re legitimate users of the platform by connecting their car, streaming data, and earning tokens.

    Software developers, hardware engineers, vehicle decoders, designers, and others will also be able to earn $DIMO as they contribute. A separate pool for contributor bounties and grants has been allocated in the issuance plan.

    To get involved, join our Discord here.

    Pathway to launch

    We still have work to do before we can start issuing the blockchain based $DIMO token to users. We expect to go live with on-chain token distributions in late Spring / early Summer 2022.

    Fortunately, users won’t have to wait that long to start earning. Starting in February, we’ll allow users to start accumulating points which will entitle them to a portion of the retroactive distribution of tokens for early users once the token goes live. These off-chain points will not exist on any blockchain, only on our servers (like Reddit Karma or Facebook Likes). Hypothetically, if a user earns 1% of all points earned by all users in the pre-mainnet phase, they’ll earn 1% of the retroactive airdrop.

    Disclaimer: in-app “off-chain” balances prior to launch are not a guarantee of a future token distribution as we may have to alter our plans according to ongoing regulatory evaluation, software testing, and feedback from the community.

    Information about the token

    The token was minted as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum mainnet with a 1,000,000,000 token supply. It is currently being held in a multi-signature wallet controlled by the DIMO core team prior to the public launch. You can read more about our plans for the initial distribution here.

    The contract address for $DIMO is 0x5fab9761d60419c9eeebe3915a8fa1ed7e8d2e1b. Please always confirm that you are interacting with this contract address and not that of a fraudulent imitator. $DIMO is a governance token and has no economic value or claim of financial rights. This blog post is making no guarantees about the nature of the token or its distribution, which are subject to change based on continued legal, tax, and other design considerations.

    Join the DIMO Community

    Why wait? Connect your car. Own your data. Earn tokens (coming soon 😉). Follow us on Twitter (@Dimo_Network) and join our Discord.

  • DIMO x Helium — Future 5G Partner

    A Helium-inspired Future 5G Partner

    DIMO is building a user-owned IoT platform that allows drivers to stream vehicle data in exchange for connected vehicle services and tokens.

    Our team has decades of experience operating vehicle fleets for companies like Waymo and Argo.ai, and building connected vehicle software at companies like Transdev and Ford AV.

    We’ve been busy putting this experience to work seeding a web3-first platform for moving things around. We run DIMO hardware and software each day in our personal vehicles to make the experience sharp for new users and the growing group of Alpha Fleet users (yes, you do get an NFT for this…).

    This endeavor was inspired by Helium and is being built with support from long-time Helium community members. DIMO Data Miners & Wallets used to connect vehicles will be compatible with both the Helium LoRa and 5G Networks in the near future, helping us move closer to a truly decentralized telecom and mobility future.

    Build the future with us — add your car now to get early access to the DIMO Alpha fleet. In doing so you could also be eligible to order a DIMO hotspot today.


    Helium…for cars?

    IoT tech should be managed by communities in an open and transparent way. But charting the path to this future doesn’t mean tearing down existing companies — it means incorporating them into open web3 ecosystems.

    The first generation DIMO Data & Crypto Miner, created in partnership with AutoPi.io.

    We think a neutral & decentralized connectivity platform is necessary to accelerate the adoption of electric and automated vehicles. Breaking that down, drivers can collect, custody, and share (if they choose to) their vehicle data with an open developer ecosystem so that new and improved mobility products and applications can be built for drivers and fleets.

    To Helium operators and users, we hope this sounds familiar. Our core team has been Helium miners since the early days of the Network, and we are inspired by what Helium has accomplished in:

    1. pioneering a new incentive model for the deployment and maintenance of infrastructure that is faster and more capital efficiency than traditional means; and
    2. engaging startups and industry incumbents alike within the ecosystem to create services atop the people-powered network — one that doesn’t sacrifice functionality for decentralization.

    While incubating ideas for the DIMO platform, we sought to apply these concepts to our own assessment of key problems in the automotive and mobility world. It’s how we arrived where we are today.

    DIMO’s Roadmap: The Path to 5G

    Having spent months in R&D, we’re starting to share our technology with the world and build the community that will eventually own the project. In the next month we’ll start allowing users to connect their vehicles to the open network and start earning test-net $DIMO tokens.

    We’ll also be establishing key aspects of the infrastructure and governance required to build and maintain the DIMO platform. And with all of that said, there are some particularly exciting parts of our roadmap that involve Helium.

    First, one of the many ways in which drivers will stream vehicle data to the DIMO platform is through cellular connections enabled by our DIMO Data Miner.

    The DIMO x AutoPi Miner is great for sending data and is a developer platform.

    Think of it like a Helium Hotspot, just installed in your car. While we’re using LTE to stream this data today, DIMO x AutoPi will support the Helium 5G Network in 2022. This will not be the case for v1 hardware, but in subsequent versions we build. Further, we are exploring the potential for our miner to act as a validator & mapper for Helium 5G — which, in theory, creates the possibility for users to earn both $DIMO and $HNT via the device.

    Very similar to Helium, $DIMO will have a dual role: to reward data providers and for data consumers to access data. The DIMO token will also have governance rights which enable community members to help shape the direction of DIMO’s products and platform. If you want to dive deep on our roadmap, jump in here.

    DIMO Apps

    It’s often helpful to imagine what applications can be built using a decentralized and user-owned automotive IoT platform. As with any open ecosystem we hope that there will be many applications we have not yet thought of, but we’re excited to seed the development of a few like:

    • 🔋 Battery Intelligence: Realtime ground-truth data on battery performance
    • 💳 Vehicle Financing: Vehicle value can and should be data-driven
    • 🦎 Smart Insurance: Let’s fix data-driven car insurance
    • ⚡️ Energy Utility Integrations: Let’s get the electric grid ready for EVs
    • 🚙 User-owned Ride Hailing: Transition some of web2’s biggest networks to web3 platforms with lower take-rates.

    Get Involved with DIMO

    You can sign up for a DIMO account and add a vehicle (or vehicles). We’ll notify you when we’re ready to help you connect your car, which should only be a few weeks.

    If you’re looking to join the DAO and community, you can find us at our Discord Server. We also know that there’s great interest in deciphering and understanding car data — so in addition to those who want to send us vehicle data, we’re building a community around those who want to decode vehicle data. Car hackers and tinkerers around the world who have been working on this for years? There’s a place for you in DIMO, too.

    Hop in and join us: https://dimo.zone.

  • DIMO Miner Preordering is Open

    Today we took a big step towards bringing DIMO to the world: you can now preorder a DIMO x AutoPi.io Data Miner and guarantee your position as one of the earliest web3 connected vehicles.

    We’ve been testing this hardware in our personal vehicles for months and building the foundation for next-generation mobility apps by:

    💻 Working with the AutoPi team to develop custom software and security

    📀 Deploying secure data storage infrastructure

    📶 Integrating with Streamr for decentralized pub/sub

    🔗 Prototyping the Data Union to manage the data we’re collecting (more on this soon)

    …and now we’re ready to start onboarding users, with the earliest shipments delivered by December 25th, 2021.

    How Can I Order?

    Head to App.Dimo.Zone to link your vehicle. Make sure you include the VIN, which you can typically copy off of an insurance card, or directly on your car. Once we’ve confirmed your car is compatible, we’ll reach out with a customized link to Shop.Dimo.Zone.

    Why Should I Order Today?

    We’re building a whole ecosystem

    We’re well underway on developing apps that run on DIMO, and hardware device owners will be able to access them first — this includes the ability to mine tokens by sharing verified data and completing real-world missions (more on that soon).

    Also… DIMO is designed to give early adopters the ability to earn meaningful ownership stakes in the network as a whole.

    Projects like Helium have been able to build large user-owned networks by issuing token rewards. While we’re not able to make any confirmed announcements about plans for the $DIMO token, you can read through some of our thinking here.

    What Can The Miner Do?

    As we’re building vehicle supply over the next 2–3 months this technology will remain mostly invisible, collecting anonymized stats and using the test fleet to support the decoding process which will make sure that vehicle data is open and accessible to any app developer.

    Behind the scenes, we’re working to make your vehicle better each day. That includes setting up secure over-the-air (OTA) updates, which can deliver the latest and greatest functionality to each device.

    2022 is going to bring a number of apps built on DIMO that are designed to make the vehicle ownership experience more secure, cheaper, and fun.

    What If I Don’t Have a Compatible Car? 
    Unfortunately, not every car is compatible with DIMO today. We’re working to expand support over time, and we’ll publish more details on this soon.

    Make sure you create an account and link an ETH address anyways! You can earn rewards for referring users who sign up and connect a car, and we’re going to be releasing opportunities for early users to earn collectibles and pre-reserve future hardware versions.

    Stay tuned for more and join the community to get involved building the future of mobility!

  • Why the World Needs DIMO

    DIMO allows users earn tokens for connecting vehicles to an open web3 IoT platform. We’re using this to bootstrap the next generation of mobility applications for electric and automated vehicles.

    For more detail on what we’re building, you can start here, or connect your car.

    This article explains why we think this project is important, and why the right time to build is now. Read on!

    The last 30 years has provided a new set of overlays on our physical world:

    • 🚧 Reliable Digital maps for every major road
    • ⏩ Realtime data feeds for every mode of transport GTFS🚊 🚌, GBFS 🛴🚲 , FDX ✈/ OSN
    • 🚗🚕 Ubiquitous ridehail & same-day delivery networks in every major city
    • 📲 Portable Supercomputers (Phones) with built-in wallets 💳

    These efforts have been a result of large, well-funded efforts by tech giants: Apple, Uber/Lyft, Google, and more. Unfortunately, their benefits are limited by existing infrastructure.

    Not Ideal

    Digital innovations like ridehailing networks and google maps are centralized overlays on existing analog physical infrastructure. They haven’t changed the rules of how roads are built, energy is distributed, or traffic is routed.

    • Transit and road infrastructure is more expensive per mile than ever.
    • Crossing the Atlantic on a commercial flight takes longer than it did in 1985.
    • Zero U.S. nuclear power plants have been commissioned in nearly 20 years.
    • Traffic is more expensive and vehicle deaths are at the highest rates ever.

    … and on top of it all we’re faced with the challenge of a lifetime — a rapidly warming planet.

    What’s going on?

    Centralized services like google and Amazon trying to optimize for individual user experiences can actually decrease system-level efficiency — traffic in New York got worse after Uber, and autonomous vehicles are likely to make this problem worse as the perceived cost of travel is reduced.

    We’re also about to 10X the number of EVs on the road in the next 5 years, and autonomous vehicles are seemingly just around the corner. In the words of Tesla founder JB Straubel:

    “It has the feeling to me of kind of like a giant overbooked flight. All these people are like, ‘Oh, this is great. We’re all gonna go to that new place. … Let’s all get on the plane and go’,” without building the aircraft, the runway or the air traffic control system.

    It is clear that new a new model for funding and deploying digital infrastructure is needed for humans to realize the benefits of transport technologies like electrification and automation at scale.

    Luckily, there is hope

    A whole generation of networked, digitally native builders are entering their most productive years. They have been living in interactive, creator-first worlds — places like Roblox, Minecraft, and SimCity, and web3 open source projects like bitcoin and Ethereum.

    A bipartisan supported infrastructure spending bill has passed in the U.S. — which means the largest economy in the world is going to spend $1T+ trying to build and buy the cars, bikes, roads and energy resources that give us a chance at a sustainable future.

    A new wave of technologies is maturing:

    • 🤖Robotic trucks and warehouses are ready for primetime.
    • ⚡️Electric vehicles are the default choice for fleets of the future.
    • 🛰 Starlink is covering the world with fast, cheap wireless.
    • 📶Massive user-owned IoT networks like Helium are being proven out at scale.
    • 🗼Traditional telecoms are rolling out 5G.
    • 🛫 Drones and EVTOL aircraft (DJI, Lilium, Zipline) are hitting the skies.

    Most importantly, models for building, financing, and maintaining public goods on the internet, at scale, are being developed:

    It’s easier than ever to will something substantial into existence if you have the right tools.

    1. 👯‍♀️👩🏽‍🔬👨🏻‍🎨🙋🏽‍♂️ Gather a group of people with shared goals.
    2. 👩🏻‍💻💸👷🏼‍♀️🏗 Pool the cost of developing resources or services using a token.
    3. 📲 📈Distribute that to millions of people based on their contributions to a network.

    Helium has built a user-owned telecom company with 300,000 (and counting) nodes in less than 2 years. Friends with Benefits has created a thriving community of over 2,000 curated members that mixes digital and in-person programming.

    These networks are only limited by their ability to connect the digital and physical world. As a team with deep mobility, IoT, and automotive experience we’ve seen this problem, and we’re out to close this gap — allowing the web3 world to really start moving things around.

    Open cyber-physical systems will unlock what we call the Trusted Machine Age, and we’re building towards this future with a shared set of goals & guiding principles:

    📲 Users own & delegate access to connected devices, so they work for their owners, not the companies that built them.

    🔗 Network participants own meaningful stakes in the platforms they use, coordinated by tokens and economic incentives.

    👩‍🏫 Developers can build apps and services that compete on their merits, not on access to gated distribution channels.

    🏛 Privacy and regulatory oversight can coexist under transparent rules.

    🏗 The physical and digital public goods that support modern connected devices can be properly funded.

    So, if we’re going to apply this model to mobility, where to begin? What is the right entry point?

    Connected Vehicles

    We might be biased because of our team’s industry experience, but we think cars are going to be The Biggest Developer Platform Yet — and therefore the most leveraged place to begin building open mobility infrastructure.

    Modern cars produce an astounding amount of data: 2.5GB/hr, or ~1500x as much as web browsing. Automation and electrification will grow this number 100x — and carmakers (OEMs) are trying to build their own “Walled Garden” platforms, turning vehicles into the equivalent of Facebook accounts.

    This information is increasingly being used to make safety-critical decisions, begging the question of who should have access to the data and controls, and under what circumstances those things should be shared.

    Robo-cars still need to exist alongside humans..

    Our team doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but we have worked with these technologies at scale enough to know that a more open model is needed. Trust between hardware, software, infrastructure, operations and the public sector is only built through transparency and a shared understanding of the rules that govern complex systems like mobility.

    We’re building DIMO to incorporate the groups that make this possible.

    So who are these groups?

    Currently developers are prevented from building useful applications for vehicles. This degrades consumer trust as vehicles combust, crash, or otherwise underperform without warning, leaving consumers at the mercy of auto manufacturers.

    Open data and car enthusiasts have been organizing around open-source projects like OpenDBC to unlock vehicle data, and the “Right to Repair” movement has cemented their right to collect it. People want to use the data from their vehicles! In our view only the tooling and incentives are missing to scale this up to hundreds of millions of vehicles, and we’re here to do that.

    Cities have been asserting their rights to regulate connected mobility services through congestion pricing and new tools like The Mobility Data Standard (MDS).

    Web3 technologies like zero-knowledge proofs, combined with decentralized identity standards and verifiable credentials are now capable of addressing privacy objections to centralized regulation of mobility systems. Said in plain english — with the right tools, it’s possible to prove you’re following the rules without compromising your privacy.

    Of course, Vehicle Owners need compelling products and services that allow them to move around more quickly, cheaply, and safely.

    Our mission at DIMO is to advance how technology helps people connect with and move throughout the world. We’re going to be at this for a long time, and we’d love to have you along.

    Ready to dive in?

    Sign up to connect your car and join our early-access waitlist today.

    Become part of the community

    Join our Discord, follow @DIMO_network on twitter and if you’re interested in learning more about what we’re building, you can read the DIMO Deep-Dive.