Ignite

Ignite is a city tax on car rides calculated in real time on the blockchain according to six criteria

Ignite aims at mitigating consequences of urban traffic by deterring financially car usage. Ignite relies on iExec cloud computing model to gather data needed to calculate tax rate in real time. Car drivers must use Ignite application to be allowed to drive in city area. Ignite will be integrated in ignition systems and always launched when starting the vehicle at a later stage. Ignite is calculated in real time according to six criteria:

  • the number of people present in or on the vehicle (including children and babies)
  • the current air pollution index in the municipal district
  • the current traffic congestion index in the municipal district
  • the vehicle CO2 emissions index in the urban conditions
  • the district coefficient (see below)
  • tolls, if any.

The decentralized cloud computing model developed by iexec will be in charge of collecting the real-time data necessary to forming the Ignite amount per vehicle, per district and per trip. Ignite calculation is transparent, source deducted, fair and based on the blockchain. Ignite aims at making congestion charges such as the one applied in London much more accurate, efficient, fair, reliable and transparent.

The district coefficient

Each district administration may weigh positively or negatively on Ignite through its district coefficient. Each municipality must fix at system introduction and then at every election a number between 0 and 10 called district coefficient which plays a significant role in Ignite amount determination. The higher this coefficient, the lower Ignite and vice versa. The coefficient will thus show how an administration wants to treat the usage of cars in its district. The Ignite system will query each time a car starts the real time inputs necessary to calculate it.

Conceptual aspects

  • Ignite is automatically levied by the city administration when the vehicle exits its district according to the amount of km traveled in it and the six criteria listed above
  • Ignite is charged to the driver of the vehicle, who may pass this cost on to their passengers, particularly in the context of taxis and Uber rides
  • The driver is informed during and after their journey of the automatically charged amount
  • Ignite is not charged for trips of less than 100 meters
  • A ride takes place when a vehicle is started, moves and ends when its engine is stopped for more than five minutes.

Technical aspects

  • Ignite can be billed in the national currency or in a stable government digital currency with the following nomenclature: country code | zip code, for example UKBN11AG for a part of Brighton
  • Ignite is based on a formula which is not disclosed here, can evolve and be adapted to the local legislation and requirements
  • The Ignite system must be activated in the key and the vehicle’s on-board system before the user can start it
  • The blockchain-based cloud computing power and oracle models of iExec are responsible for calculating Ignite in real time according to the above mentioned criteria.

Ignite official video presentation

Ignite team