International Transportation Innovation Center CTO Named Advisor to IOTA

GREENVILLE, S.C., (October 27, 2017) – Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC), has been named an advisor to The IOTA Foundation.

Billed as “The Next Generation Blockchain,” IOTA has developed a revolutionary platform for the IoT data economy that makes every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees. This allows technology developers – and eventually anyone – to safely and securely share IT tools and applications, data transmission, Masked Messaging (MAM), and shared use of “anything with a chip in it,” such as appliances, tools, drones and vehicles.

On being named an advisor, Dr. Taiber said, “The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transition stage which is driven by the digitalization of business processes, vehicle systems and infrastructure. Although IOTA is still in an early stage of development, it has the potential – both in the technology as well as the founding team – to be disruptive for the automotive industry.”

As Chief Technology Officer of ITIC, Dr. Taiber is responsible for developing a global network of testbeds for automated, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies. A native of Germany, his extensive career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich where he was instrumental in planning the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C. Eventually, he was asked to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC where he and his team developed a multitude of IT innovation prototypes in the domain of mobile device applications, cloud services and vehicle-to-infrastructure services. In 2010, Dr. Taiber became a research professor and faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute, serving as its director and focusing on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction.

IOTA Founder David Sønstebø said, “We are delighted to have a titan like Dr. Joachim Taiber on board as an advisor to the IOTA Foundation and its Smart Mobility workgroup. He brings a lifetime of experience and seminal expertise of the present and future of the automotive sector and smart city mobility.”

About the International Transportation Innovation Center
Established in 2013, the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) is building a global network of open and closed automotive testbeds for the most advanced innovations in connected, automated and sustainable mobility. It offers automotive OEM’s, suppliers, infrastructure service providers, research organizations and startups a multitude of services for developing and testing solutions for transportation megatrends such as vehicle automation, connectivity and electrification in an ecosystem that is safe, secure and confidential. ITIC is headquartered at the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center in Greenville, S.C., where it is developing 600-acre neutral automotive closed testbed for connected, automated and zero-emission driving technologies. Accessible to a large ecosystem of public and private R&D and manufacturing partners from across the automotive and IT industries, the ITIC testbed allows companies to validate their technological innovations to ensure compliance with federal regulations. ITIC is also involved in the design of automotive testbeds in Seaside, Florida; Munich, Germany; and Trondheim, Norway. More information may be found at