The IOTA Foundation announced yesterday that Dr. Klaus Schaaf from Volkswagen will start working with the IOTA Foundation. After Johann Jungwirth, this is already the second employee of Volkswagen making the move to the IOTA Foundation.
Former CDO (Chief Digital Officer) from VW, Johann Jungwirth, joined the IOTA Foundation in January this year and has since taken over an advisory function within the project.
IOTA announced on the company blog yesterday that Dr. Ing. Klaus Schaaf will join the IOTA Foundation. Schaaf has been with Volkswagen for almost 30 years, mainly in “research areas and in the promotion of cutting-edge technologies”.
Most recently, Schaaf worked in the Volkswagen digitalization group for new products and services, which also dealt with software over the air (OTA) and the application of distributed ledger technology in the automotive world. During this time, he also worked on the proof of concept, which Volkswagen and IOTA presented at CeBIT 2018.
Schaaf made a name for himself in the VW Group when, in early 2000, he built up the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab (ERL) in California as a research director, investigating new technologies that eventually found their way into VW cars. Later he was director of the project “Wireless Wolfsburg”, which was the first public city wifi in Germany and which served to test new applications in the area of the Internet of Things for automobiles.
Schaaf made a name for himself in the Volkswagen Group when in early 2000, he built up the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab (ERL) in California as a research director, investigating new technologies that eventually found their way into Volkswagen cars. Later he was director of the project “Wireless Wolfsburg”, which was the first public city wifi in Germany and which served to test new applications in the area of the Internet of Things for automobiles.
Dr. Klaus Schaaf commented on his move to the IOTA Foundation:
“The automotive world is disrupted by new technologies like Software-over-the-Air, Function on Demand and Autonomous Driving. New Business Models will provide Mobility-as-a-Service. To support these disruptive technologies Distributed Ledger Technology will play a major role. IOTA and the Tangle provide a future oriented technology which is well suited for the requirements of the new Mobility ecosystem.
I am excited to be part of the IOTA Foundation and to help building the pillars on which this ecosystem will rest.”
David Anderebo, co-founder of IOTA, stated on the blog:
We are very happy to have Klaus join the Foundation in an official capacity. His extraordinary experience stretching back decades, particularly in the field of modern cars and its intersection with Internet of Things make him an ideal advisor to assist us in realizing the vision of the IOTA project. Give him a warm welcome!
So far, both sides have only demonstrated a proof of concept at Cebit 2018, showing how the secure transfer of software over-the-air to vehicles can be safely documented with the help of the Tangle-Protocol. Dominik Schiener, co-founder of IOTA, has great hopes that Volkswagen could use a first product based on IOTA as early as 2019.
Hey Dom it’s true that Volkswagen will use Iota for the first product in 2019?
— Živan Tešić (@zivantesic) June 12, 2018
At the same time, Dominik Schiener warned about speculations that Volkswagen and Audi could introduce IOTA or that the employees of both companies are already being coached for the IOTA technology. Such headlines are pure speculation:
These articles are pure speculation and not based off anything that we are doing / are discussing with Volkswagen. pic.twitter.com/7Qv2JtzPEJ
— Dominik Schiener (@DomSchiener) June 28, 2018