Case 01 b Car dossier (project organisation)

The Case

In Germany, the damage caused by tampering with mileage meters, with which excessive sales prices are achieved, is estimated at € 6 billion. In Switzerland, this kind of robbery is expected to be a thing of the past. A digital CV called “Car-Dossier” records all the important details of a car. The project was initiated by the IT company Adnovum together with the University of Zurich in order to promote blockchain applications for companies as a new business field. “The topic is gaining momentum,” says Adnovum’s head of technology Tom Sprenger. He is not alone in this. The head of IBM Switzerland, Christian Keller, sees this as a market worth billions. Car-Dossier currently includes data from thirty vehicles in test operation. The importer Amag fed data into the dossier, Axa reproduced test insurance certificates in it, and the Aargau Road Traffic Office took care of redeeming the vehicle. Anonymous event data comes from the car sharing provider Mobility. When and how far a car travels is recorded on the blockchain, as is every service. And if there is a crash, Mobility stores the accident data in the car dossier. A car buyer receives so much
more data than before, and he can still trust the information. What is
once stored in the blockchain remains there, fraud becomes impossible. In this way, software honesty enforces more reliably than any criminal law.

The consortium “Car-Dossier” now wants to expand the initial circle of participants. What was previously regulated in a very simple partnership agreement is to be replaced by a new legal construct.

The task

Evaluate possible new legal structures for the “Car-Dossier” consortium and briefly explain their advantages and disadvantages.

 

Source: NZZ 17.07.2018 The Blockchain creates new networks