Groupe Renault Trials Blockchain-powered Certification Of Vehicle Components

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French carmaker Groupe Renault has piloted a project for the blockchain-powered certification of vehicle components used in their vehicles obtained from various parts manufacturers.

The carmaker developed the XCEED (eXtended Compliance End-to-End Distributed) blockchain project to certify the compliance of all vehicle components, from design to production.

XCEED is a digital project resulting from Groupe Renault's collaboration with major players in the automotive industry, such as Continental, Faurecia, Plastic Omnium and Saint-Gobain. The full-scale trial was carried out with several equipment manufacturers at Renault's Douai plant.

Testing at Renault's Douai plant was used to consolidate the value and performance that blockchain technology delivers for the automotive industry, with over one million documents archived and a speed of 500 transactions per second.

The project, designed and implemented in collaboration with leading automotive industry players, will enable Renault to respond faster and efficiently to the stringent regulatory controls that came into effect from September 1.

The new market surveillance regulations saw the introduction of enhanced regulatory controls for vehicles already on the market. The entire production chain has to adjust its structure to respond to the regulatory authorities within shorter timeframes.

The XCEED project is designed to track and certify the regulatory compliance of vehicle components and sub-components. It is based on the open-source Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platform deployed in collaboration with IBM.

With XCEED, blockchain is used to create a trusted network for sharing compliance information between parts manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers. The decentralized nature of blockchain technology enables each party to maintain data control and confidentiality, without compromising its integrity, while simultaneously increasing security and confidentiality.

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