Identity Driving the Future
By identity on Aug 19, 2008
We in the computer industry tend to think of Digital Identity as purely related to computer systems and software. But the folks I met with at MIT are exploring how Identity can determine how vehicles designed within MIT's Smart Cities project will be personally configured and securely authorized for use. These compact, folding CityCar vehicles are designed for use within a shared-use concept similar to the shared bicycle system in Paris.
Just imagine approaching one of these little beauties. The car immediate knows who you are and whether you are authorized to use it. Then, the car is automatically configured specifically for you - seat position, driving characteristics, handling modes and even color!
You might enjoy, as I did, taking a look at a couple of videos about the vehicles being developed under this program by MIT:
As you wrap your mind around these stimulating concepts, consider a challenge from one of the meeting participants regarding Digital Identity (paraphrased): "We must think about Identity beyond the desktop, about how it applies tol other things we have in our personal and business lives."
It's going to be a great ride!
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