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IOTA [MIOTA] welcomes Volkswagen AG’s former Research Director

Ranjitha Shastry

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IOTA [MIOTA] welcomes former Research Director of Volkswagen AG
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IOTA Foundation recently announced that Dr. Klaus Schaaf is joining IOTA in an official capacity. Schaaf, the alumnus of Volkswagen AG, has worked there for almost 30 years and has been a part of Volkswagen Group Digitalisation which is founded by IOTA supervisory board member, Johann Jungwirth.

Volkswagen Group Digitalisation emphasizes on new products and services. The focus areas under this wing have been Software-over-the-Air [OTA] and application of Distributed Ledger Technologies in the automotive industry. Their blog mentions:

“During this time he came across IOTA and its superb technology and initiated the proof of concept which was shown by Volkswagen at CeBIT2018.”

Klaus is known for his contribution in building the Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab [ERL] in California while he was the Research Director. He was later the Director of “Wireless Wolfsburg”, the first public City-Wifi in Germany where new applications for automobiles were tested. On joining the IOTA Foundation, Klaus stated:

“The automotive world is disrupted by new technologies like Software-over-the-Air, Function on Demand and Autonomous Driving. New Business Models will provide Mobility-as-a-Service. To support these disruptive technologies Distributed Ledger Technology will play a major role. IOTA and the Tangle provide a future oriented technology which is well suited for the requirements of the new Mobility ecosystem. I am excited to be part of the IOTA Foundation and to help building the pillars on which this ecosystem will rest.”

David Sonstebo, the founder of IOTA, mentions in the blog:

“We are very happy to have Klaus join the Foundation in an official capacity. His extraordinary experience stretching back decades, particularly in the field of modern cars and its intersection with Internet of Things make him an ideal advisor to assist us in realizing the vision of the IOTA project. Give him a warm welcome!”


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Ranjitha Shastry is a part of AMBCrypto's News Reporting Team. Having done her major in Journalism and mass communication, she is passionate about business and economic journalism.

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