Eva的联合创始人暨首席技术官Raphaël Gaudreault向我们阐述了他是如何关注到本地化的。“2017年底，Uber威胁加拿大魁北克政府，如果规则不放松，Uber将退出该省。”那时候他就和现在Eva的首席优化官、当年还在校园中学习软件工程和政治科学的Dardan Isufi一起思考这个问题。他们最后的结论是“传统的拼车公司以增加城市开支和忽略本地规则为代价敛财。”
满怀理想主义，魁北克本地人Gaudreault和阿尔巴尼亚来的Isufi很快就召集了来自世界各地的技术天才成立了研发小组，这其中包括来自美国的Max Gravitt和来自阿尔及利亚的Merouane Benthameur，试图通过破坏先前破坏这个领域的问题重新解决这些问题。Eva的设定是它会在司机和乘客之间构建一个没有中间人的新型关系，而它就是中间的合作网。正如Eva官网所言，“这个项目的核心是其去中心化网络，它采用了区块链技术来实现全球范围内的城市的移动性，但同时也重新分配本地产生的利润。”
当Eva的智能合约全部完成之后，九月份第一个Eva合作平台将在蒙特利尔开始工作，第二个正在多伦多办理注册手续。这个应用现在也在伦敦举办的Blockchain Live盛会中的Block. One“村庄“被展示出，Reddit论坛上人们对它的兴趣满满，这个团队也希望在不久的将来他们可以在比如阿尔及尔、普利什蒂娜、休斯顿、纽约等各个地方上线。我们可能就此开创了共享经济的新篇章。
Co-operative model could mark a new blockchain-based iteration of the sharing economy
One of the phrases most commonly touted by blockchain developers is “decentralization.” The team behind Eva, “a co-operative ride-sharing application” built on the EOSIO blockchain protocol, are certainly enthusiastic about that concept. But there’s another guiding principle that seems just as fundamental to Eva and that is “localization.”
Raphaël Gaudreault, Eva’s co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, explains how localization came to take center stage. “In late 2017, Uber threatened the government of Quebec, Canada, with leaving the province if its rules were not relaxed,” he says. Along with Dardan Isufi, a fellow student of Software Engineering and Political Science who is now Eva’s Chief Optimization Officer, he began pondering the issue. They came to the conclusion that “traditional ride-sharing companies aggregate the economy at cities’ expense and disregard local regulations.”
The problem as they saw it with this segment of the so-called sharing economy was that wealth was being extracted from local markets. “These companies capture around a quarter of market share versus standard taxis, but the money is invested in capitalization in other countries. They simply aggregate the economy and delocalize it.”
Buoyed by a sense of idealism, Gaudreault, who is Quebecois, and Isufi, whose roots are in Albania, quickly assembled a multinational team of development talent — including Max Gravitt, from the US, and Merouane Benthameur, from Algeria — to find innovative solutions that redressed these flaws in ways that might, so to speak, disrupt the sector’s earlier disruptors.
Eva is intended to work as a network of cooperatives based around a new relationship between driver and passenger members that removes the middleman. As the Eva website states: “The core of the project is its decentralized network, which uses blockchain technology in order to organize urban mobility on a global scale while ensuring a redistribution of the profits generated at the local scale.”
In the Eva model, 85% of each transaction goes to the driver, with the remainder being split between members of the co-operative, an ecosystem “treasury” and a foundation responsible for maintaining the network. Blockchain automates these allocations, and, according to Eva’s white paper, “improves the ability to integrate different modes of payment while ensuring an anonymous, immutable, and transparent technical protocol.”
“Eva deploys an immutable contract based on the EOS blockchain to offer an open ledger for mobility that keeps members’ data anonymous,” adds Gaudreault. By contrast, he is quick to point out, data harvested by traditional ride-sharing platforms has been notoriously leaky.
With the Eva smart contract finalized, a first Eva co-operative began operations in Montreal, in September, and a second is undergoing local registration in Toronto. The app was among those featured in the Block.one Village at the recent Blockchain Live event in London, Reddit forums have been ablaze with interest, and the team are hopeful of further launches in locations as diverse as Algiers, Pristina, Houston and New York in the near future. A new iteration of the sharing economy may well be upon us.
More information on the Eva app available on http://eva.coop
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-Developer Relations team