Jaguar Land Rover wants to pay you cryptocurrency for reporting road problems

first_img 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Preview • 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog Land Rover Jaguar Cryptocurrency Auto Tech Future Cars Tags Jaguar Land Rover Post a comment More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Jaguar XE S RWD Enlarge ImageIt might not be the most visually impressive tech, but who’s about to turn down free money? Jaguar Land Rover If you want somebody’s help, it doesn’t hurt to pay them. In an effort to create an ecosystem that can better prevent congestion and collisions, Jaguar Land Rover is willing to pay owners a little bit of cryptocurrency to grease the wheels.Jaguar Land Rover on Monday unveiled its Smart Wallet connected-car technology. While it’s still only in testing, the premise is pretty straightforward: Give JLR some important road information, and the automaker will repay you by depositing cryptocurrency into your car’s built-in “wallet,” which you can then use for a variety of purposes.Don’t worry — you’re not giving JLR access to your social security number. It’s not that kind of information the automaker is after. Rather, it wants you to report on road conditions, including traffic, potholes and bad weather. The idea is that, the more cars there are delivering this kind of information, the better JLR’s system can be at choosing routes that avoid all that nastiness. It’s part of the OEM’s desire to reach zero accidents and congestion — an admittedly high bar, but multiple manufacturers have expressed desire to see within our lifetimes.In exchange for that data, Jaguar Land Rover will give contributors a small chunk of crypto — Iota, specifically, which operates with a unique type of distributed ledger that’s different from the typical blockchain you might be familiar with. Those coins will live in the Smart Wallet until they’re used to pay tolls, juice up an EV or cover parking fees. The Smart Wallet can also be filled up using more conventional methods, too, although JLR didn’t dive too deep into the details.There’s plenty of time to hash out the specifics, because the system is just in the test phase for now. JLR is currently running cars with its Smart Wallet system at its software engineering center in Ireland. While it’s not a shoo-in for production, it’s a smart way to incentivize opting into vehicle-to-x communication, which does have the potential to save us all from daily commute frustrations.Originally published April 29, 7:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:41 p.m.: Updated story to specify which cryptocurrency will be rewarded. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeedlast_img read more

Goombay Spring Kickball Championship Sunday Is Soggy One

Goombay Spring Kickball Championship Sunday Is Soggy One

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comAs twilight gave way to nightfall at the end of the holiday weekend, Goombay’s coed spring kickball league drew to its conclusion July 7 at Tucker Road park.  The previous night’s torrential rains threatened to derail this version of championship Sunday for the rookie and intermediate leagues. However, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the teams and fans who were a part of the weekly gathering of sports and socializing with trophies, and another year of  bragging rights on the line.Twenty-four teams and more than 500 weekend warriors began the season in April and set up 20 games on the soggy football field, which had to be configured into two kickball areas so that both leagues could conclude their seasons.  Goombay faced two deadlines as they tried to finish the tournament before the park’s normal closing time, while the summer league is scheduled to begin in the District next weekend. An extension of the season could’ve wreaked havoc on the start, however, after discussing the situation with the captains of the teams and others, they decided to press on.Savage Shock won the 2019 Goombay Kickball Advanced League championship on July 7 at Tucker Road Park in Fort Washington, MD. (Courtesy Photo)“I walked through all the softball field and they were too wet to play on today,” said Goombay’s founder and league directory Butch Goodwin to the AFRO.  “I don’t believe in [postponing] games and rescheduling unless you absolutely have to. Once we considered all those factors we just decided let’s get it done today.”The configuration of the playing field saw outfielders looking into the infield with their counterparts positioned back to back as games were played simultaneously. A steady group of enthusiastic fans watched as 22 teams in two divisions battled in the single elimination format.  Approximately 350-500 fans lined the fences of the 100 yard amateur gridiron that was transformed into dual kickball diamonds.There was one difference between the  tournament and the intermediate playoffs.  Two “wildcard” entries qualified in a last ditch effort for a chance to compete for the title giving the 10 teams, who would have won as many as four games in one day, to win the championship.  Meanwhile, the top eight teams – based on regular season records – met for the right to compete for the big trophy. By nightfall, when the football lights took over, the intermediate tournament came to an end. Khaotic Money was looking for a sweep of both divisions but it wasn’t meant to be.In the finals Khaotic Money  was shocked in what was an entertaining and intense battle down to the wire.  Savage Shock got revenge for their 2018 loss in the intermediate championship game with a 5-3 victory to win this year’s title.  However, Game Changers ended the possibility for a championship for Khaotic Money by dominating them in the advanced division finals.  Game Changers scored early and seemingly at will. They cruised to a to an 11-3 win as Khaotic Money seemed to run out of energy in the finals.The Goombay kickball scene now shifts to the District for the summer leagues, which starts July 15.last_img read more