Why DIMO Matters
The Problem & Our Proposed Solution
The walled gardens characteristic of tech giants are being reproduced in the physical world through IoT networks like Google Home, Facebook Portal, and Alexa. Vehicles are the largest and most important category of connected devices.
Automakers have created companies like Otonomo and Wejo to replicate the traditional tech model of reselling user data, while Amazon, Apple, and Google are doing everything they can to embed their software into vehicles and control the next-generation of user data.
This model has proven to deliver value to corporations first and users second (if at all). Apps and services can only be built by a handful of companies with existing access.
Instead of a rich, open ecosystem of composable building blocks, we have silos that can’t interact without brittle, rent-seeking intermediaries. Violations of privacy, security, and interoperability guarantees show that incentives are not aligned between equipment manufacturers (OEMs), regulators, and most importantly, the drivers and fleet owners.
Freedom of mobility will be compromised if autonomous and electric vehicles are deployed at scale using this outdated model. Fortunately there is a better way.
DIMO is a platform for open and user-owned cyber-physical systems. Apps, services, and integrations are built on top to deliver benefits to users.
An entire generation has grown up with Bitcoin & Ethereum—everything is open by default, the rules of the system are public, and anyone can start building without asking a corporation for permission.
Now that these Web3 technologies and communities have matured to global scale, it’s time to plug them into the physical world and realize their benefits beyond financial applications.
The mission of DIMO is to improve the real world by creating a secure, user-owned platform for connected devices, enabling anyone to take ownership of their IoT assets and build next-gen mobility apps & services.
In this new trusted machine age:
Users own & delegate access to connected devices, so they work for their owners, not the companies that built them;
Developers can build apps and services that compete on their merits, not on access to gated distribution channels;
Privacy and regulatory oversight can coexist under transparent rules; and
The physical and digital public goods that support modern connected devices can be properly funded.