About the project
Inspired from and for the Mobi Grand Challenge.
Goal is to make a mobility platform what will represent the point where different technologies can intersect. It can be used for testing, simulation and production.
First stage is to confirm the desired interaction between different technologies.
Status: Functional Test Mode
- Ethereum - Decentralized platform that runs smart contracts
- SUMO - Simulation of Urban Mobility
- MQTT - Machine-to-machine (M2M) "Internet of Things" connectivity protocol
- web3.py - Ethereum Python API
- Solidity - Contract-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts
- MetaMask - Browser plugin that allows you to run Ethereum dApps in your browser without running a full Ethereum node
- ocean protocol - A protocol and network, on which data marketplaces can be built
Structure of the repository
Please visit: https://github.com/primus115/mobility
Simulation DApp sources: ./
- main app: runner.py
Web DApp sources: ./web/mqttMaps
- main app: MqttMap.js
Ethereum sources: ./web/mqttMaps/src/ethereum/
- contracts: DecentralizedMobilitySystem_V01.sol
Please see the attached picture.
Description of the architecture
1. Ethereum smart contracts (Developed)
Ethereum smart contracts, where are all the rules and all users stored and ready for interaction.
1.1 First layer platform contracts
In the first layer are the contracts that set the rules for the platform and store the data. Functional part and storage part are separated, so if there is a need for a critical functionality update of the platform, only MobilityRegistry.sol is updated and with the consensus the address of the new version of the contract is pushed and stored in the MobilityStorage.sol. MobilityVersions stores addresses of updated MobilityRegistry.sol contracts, so DApps can ask for the address of the latest version.
Deployed smart contracts on the Rinkeby Ethereum test net:
1.2 Second layer platform "constructor" contracts
For now MobilityAccount.sol is the only one. If you want to offer a transportation services (like a taxi driver or a owner of the autonomous vehicle) than you will create new instance of this contract, with the help of the MobilityRegistry contract, where new instances of this contract are deployed. In the contract are defined functions like payRide, setDistance, getDistance, getIsPaid, price...
On this layer additional smart contracts can be created, that expands transportation segment also to other segments, like gas station segment (e.g. Tank&Drive&Bonuses), insurance segment (e.g. publish data get discount), used cars market (e.g. publish driver behavior profile and real distances - trusted seller), autonomous vehicle manufacturing segment (e.g. publish valuable data to desired company or brokerage company), car manufacturers segment (e.g. publish feedback data for specific vehicle model for the instant closed manufacturing loop & get bonuses or discount with new one)...
1.3 Third layer user contracts instances
Here are the instances of the deployed accounts. Owner is the wallet that created the instance with the MobilityRegistry contract. Different DApps interact with specific account through this instance contract. Founds that collects on the contract with doing transportation service, can be transferred at any time to any wallet only by the owner of the contract instance.
1.4 Fourth layer user wallets
Ethereum wallets are used for interaction with the deployed smart contracts and for the transferring ether (paying) to the MobilityAccount smart contract that will do (or is done) the transportation service for us.
Every contract has the function ownerRetriveDonations(address receiver), that can be executed at any time by the owner of the contract (the wallet that was used for creating the contract instance). For the monetization testing was implemented functionality in the MobilityAccount that sends received_amount/10 to the MobilityStorage contract, the rest stays on the MobilityAccount contract instance.
At the moment the amount the price for transportation request is hard coded in the MobilityAccount contract (0.01 ether/km). But can be upgraded that can be changed by the owner of the contract instance.
** If there is a platform desire to have a very small percentage income from the transactions, than upgrade is needed. Because of the immutability reasons, receiving function must be implemented in the first layer contract, which forwards calculated amount to the MobilityAccount contract instance.
2. DApp (developed 1.1 and 2.2)
DApp (Decentralized application), that can be used in two modes:
- Requesting a transportation
1.1 Mobile application
1.2 Business application
- Offer a transportation
2.1 Mobile application (real user)
2.2 Embedded application (autonomous vehicle)
Requesting a transportation
1.1 Mobile application (working prototype) Enter destination and from available offers pick the one that is fastest or cheapest. todo: - google.maps api requests for custom destinations - Register new account for the mobility platform 1.2 Business application (idea - not developed yet) This can be different logistic application that needs transfers of any kind of goods. Probably MobilityAccount contract must be upgraded in some way that transporter stakes some ether, which is released back to him when specific rules are satisfied.
Offer a transportation
2.1 Mobile application - real user (idea - not developed yet) Use application in the mode where the app listens to the published transportation requests. The app automatically response with the distance and the price. If you get chosen, do the transportation service.
Long term goal is to have only autonomous vehicles in the transportation services. But in reality there will be a symbiosis between our cars and fully autonomous cars. And the app can help us to build the next generation transportation services and optimized travel routes (with the help of AI and IoT for smart traffic lights). Besides the offer of the transportation services is also idea to have optimized navigation systems that we are already using it.
2.2 Embedded application - autonomous vehicle (developed in the simulation)
Application can be used for connecting autonomous vehicles with the mobility platform. Vehicle can get route request, send the command to the navigation system, pick up a passenger or some item, do payment request and automatically when the payment is done finish the transportation service.
3. SUMO Simulation (simulation script developed)
SUMO is an open source, highly portable, microscopic and continuous traffic simulation package designed to handle large road networks. It is mainly developed by employees of the Institute of Transportation Systems at the German Aerospace Center. SUMO is open source, licensed under the EPLv2.
Sumo was chosen because of quick testing and quick evaluation of developed mobility platform features (on application layer and blockchain layer). In that way automated testing can be developed. It also supports any desired city plan import. For the demonstration I imported a map of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. You can define speed of simulation, custom or repeatable vehicle trips. Additionally the simulation can be use for producing a lot of traffic data that is needed by the sophisticated AI and machine learning tools, for traffic optimization.
4. MQTT protocol (used by the DApps and simulation)
MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol. It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport.
It is ideal for publishing location data with high frequency. As such it was also used as a communication mechanism of DApps, for publishing requests or responses and listening for requests and responses.
As it is publish/subscribe based, there is no need for some database with all DApps users. Requirements are that DApp must follow topic creating rules. For example, all requests for specific city based are published to the topic: "req/country_name/city_name" (e.g. "req/slovenia/ljubljana). So DApp of the transporter subscribes to the topic "req/country_name/city_name/#" (# is multi-level wild card, so can be also used like "req/country_name/#" for offering transportation across whole country).
Exact project based topics specification
5. Artificial intelligence (not developed yet)
Idea is to offer and make a test polygon with the traffic simulation tool.
Make a platform layer for developing different AI based optimization algorithms, that can be used for example to optimize traffic.
Development can start with implementing open-source tool Flow. Flow is a traffic control benchmarking framework. It provides a suite of traffic control scenarios (benchmarks), tools for designing custom traffic scenarios, and integration with deep reinforcement learning and traffic microsimulation libraries. Retrieved from (https://flow-project.github.io/index.html).
6. Data market - Ocean protocol (not developed yet)
Ocean Protocol is an ecosystem for sharing data and services. It provides a tokenized service layer that exposes data, storage, compute and algorithms for consumption with a set of deterministic proofs on availability and integrity that serve as verifiable service agreements. There is staking on services to signal quality, reputation and ward against Sybil Attacks. Ocean Protocol helps to unlock data, particularly for AI. It is designed for scale and uses blockchain technology that allows data to be shared and sold in a safe, secure and transparent manner.
Retrieved from (https://oceanprotocol.com/#project).
1. Setup MetaMask and open web application
For interacting with the SUMO GUI, you will need ethereum wallet. Preferably MetaMask. In your browser (Chrome was tested):
- Install MetaMask plugin, switch to the Rinkeby network and get some ether
p.s. unfortunately it is not real ether, but very good for generously testing DApps :)
- In the same browser with loged in to the MetaMask, open up my online DApp:
(I deployed react application to the the online server. But if you wish to further upgrade or test the web application, you can manually download the project, or do the
git pull https://github.com/primus115/mobility.git, cd to the folder /home/mobi/mobi/web/mqttMaps/ and install dependencies with
npm installand finally start the server with
npm start. Another way is to spin a new container with the port forwarding 3000:3000 and from there install dependencies and start the server. Contact me for the client mqtt password if you don't set your own mqtt broker)
2. Docker install and preparing the image
The fastest way to try out the whole package is with the help of Docker, because there are many different tools used with the platform (many dependencies).
Docker runs processes in isolated containers. A container is a process which runs on a host. When an operator executes docker run, the container process that runs is isolated in that it has its own file system, its own networking, and its own isolated process tree separate from the host.
It is available for Linux and Windows, but as we start the simulation, GUI is opened and for display sharing in Windows, there are some additional X Server installation required that I will not cover here.
So let's begin on a Linux machine:
Prerequisite is installed Docker:
Do a whole Step1 from: (https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-docker-on-ubuntu-16-04)
Now you have two options:
ONE: Pull the docker image from the https://cloud.docker.com/repository/docker/primus115/docker-mobi
- Create an account on the https://hub.docker.com/)
- open the terminal and do the Docker login
sudo docker login
- Enter requested data (username and password)
- Execute command:
docker pull primus115/docker-mobi
TWO: Copy Dockerfile and build image with docker:
- Open up a terminal (ctrl+alt+t)
- Create a file "Dockerfile" with the command:
- Copy whole content of the file: Dockerfile
- On your local machine open previously created file "Dockerfile"
- Past in previously copied content and past it to the local file, save and close the editor
- Build a Docker image from a Dockerfile:
In the folder where the Dockerfile was created, run a command:
sudo docker build - < Dockerfile -t docker-mobi
3. Start a simulation
In the web application, if you click on "Request a Ride!", nothing happens. This is because there is no clients (taxi drivers) connected to the platform. That is why, we will run the simulation, where we will simulate the taxi drivers.
Run the container with shared display:
(As we start the simulation script, GUI will be started in the container and display will be shared with the host system)
- If you got the image with the docker pull command, then run this command:
sudo docker run -it --rm --env="DISPLAY" --volume="/etc/group:/etc/group:ro" --volume="/etc/passwd:/etc/passwd:ro" --volume="/etc/shadow:/etc/shadow:ro" --volume="/etc/sudoers.d:/etc/sudoers.d:ro" --volume="/tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix:rw" --user=mobi primus115/docker-mobi bash
If you built your docker image with the docker build command, then run this command:
sudo docker run -it --rm --env="DISPLAY" --volume="/etc/group:/etc/group:ro" --volume="/etc/passwd:/etc/passwd:ro" --volume="/etc/shadow:/etc/shadow:ro" --volume="/etc/sudoers.d:/etc/sudoers.d:ro" --volume="/tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix:rw" --user=mobi docker-mobi bash
Now, in the terminal you see something like:
user@container_id:/home/mobi/mobi$, that means you are in a running container.
- Run the simulation with the command:
- In the terminal you see:
Enter the password for mqtt mobi user:
Please send me a mail on email@example.com, and I will send you back the password. I did not want to hard code it, because the repository is public.
Write the password and press "Enter".
- GUI is opened:
- Decrease the delay (arrow 1) to:
- Press "start" button (arrow 2)
- Now if you move back to the web app, and if you click on "Request a Ride!". You get back a list of available taxi drivers in the form "taxi_name: duration_from_taxi_location_to_you_plus_to_final_destination"
- Select one Taxi
- When you choose a Taxi, ethereum transaction happens. Selected car wants to write on his instance of the MobilityAccount smart contract (it sets a distance that further defines cost of the transportation). For that it needs a private key, that is encrypted. So navigate back to the terminal where simulation was started, where you will see
Enter the password for decryption:
For the purpose of the competition "Mobi grant challenge" please contact me on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org, as I don't want to share private keys on a public repository. (one transaction can empty the account:) )
- It takes a couple of seconds and the transaction is confirmed. Simulation also sends a message to the web app, with the payment details. If you are using MetaMask, notification appears.
- Click on "Confirm"
- Again it takes a couple of seconds, and when the taxi receives the payment, transportation begins.
If you have troubles setting up the environment and you are more used to Virtual machine like VirtualBox, than contact me and I will set one up for you.
Here is a video of testing the application.