The volume of the global automotive blockchain market is set to reach $1.6 billion by 2026. This estimation comes from a PR Newswire article published August 21, citing a report by Business Intelligence and Strategy Research (BIS Research). The BIS Research report forecasts that during the period from 2018 to 2026, the automotive blockchain market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 65.80%, reaching $1,575 million by 2026. The research was based on a financial analysis of the key market players: Ethereum (ETH), Ripple Labs Inc., IBM Corporation, BigChain DB, R3, and some others. The projected "robust growth" of the automotive blockchain market is due to the rise of the popularity of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) and "the myriad number of benefits associated with the blockchain technology," the report says.
It may be a long time before you can own a truly self-driving car. But chipmakers are placing bets that you will. On Tuesday, the Japanese chipmaker Renesas, the second-largest provider of semiconductors for the automotive industry, said it will acquire San Jose based chipmaker Integrated Device Technology (IDT) for $6.7 billion, in part to prepare for autonomous vehicles. IDT has not historically provided chips for cars, but it does have sensor and wireless technologies that could help Renesas compete in the market for chips for autonomous vehicles. "Renesas and IDT have complementary technologies," says Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy.