A relatively young startup out of Lithuania has landed a huge partnership. The company, carVertical, has won a pitch competition by car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW), and will set up shop at the Volkswagen Future Mobility incubator in Dresden, Germany. In addition, carVertical was awarded a grant worth around $17,000 (\u20ac15,000) to assist with development. The app created by carVertical is designed to prevent used car frauds. It puts all of the information about a vehicle on the blockchain, making it immutable and permanent. Users will be able to use the platform to track a vehicle\u2019s history by its Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN. The company reported that, per a report in Forbes Magazine, odometer fraud cheats consumers out of an estimated $1 billion annually in the U.S. by manipulating the vehicles\u2019 values. The issue is greater in Europe, where around $10.6 billion are lost each year from odometer manipulation. According to the carVertical website, \u201cOur goal is to enable every car buy around the globe to get authentic and non-faked information about the specific vehicle and to help consumers in the maintenance of their vehicles.\u201d In a press release on the award program, VW said, \u201cIn connection with the program, Die Gl\u00e4serne Manufaktur also offers the assistance of mentors and coaches, an attractive working environment at the facility, high-quality IT infrastructure, contacts with Volkswagen research and development employees and decision-makers, professional advice by S\u00e4chsische Aufbaubank (SAB), close proximity to the start-up scene and both financial and personnel support from the City of Dresden.\u201d The event was held by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce. carVertical presented its platform alongside numerous other entrepreneurial teams before being chosen as the winner. It will begin working at Die Gl\u00e4serne Manufaktr, VW\u2019s innovation center, in Dresden this coming September. By some estimates, carVertical launched the most successful initial coin offering (ICO) for any company in the automotive industry. When its ICO wrapped up this past January, it had raised just under $20 million. The company is working on several applications designed around a vehicle\u2019s history registry. Its first platform, the history reports, is scheduled to make its official launch sometime in June. The platform has the backing of the European Union (EU). The company\u2019s board of advisors is composed of current or former car manufacturer executives, blockchain professionals and cybersecurity experts, providing carVertical with in-depth knowledge on how to properly address the issues from several different angles.