Communication technologies and vehicular networks have been identified as key technologies for increasing traffic safety and transport efficiency with the aims of ensuring traffic safety, providing comfort for passengers and reducing transportation time.
The development of vehicular communication and networking technologies is expected to enable many potential applications, including automatic collision and congestion notification and prevention, emergency management, assistance for safe driving, location-based driver information services, high-speed tolling, vehicle tracking, automobile Internet access, and many others. To facilitate these applications, many different new types of communication and networking would be involved, including intra-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-roadside and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
Wireless networks have attracted considerable interest in recent years as a convenient, flexible and low-cost support for vehicular communications in many contexts. However, the great majority of research on wireless technologies has been performed in order to maximise available bandwidth suitable for real-time applications.
Universal vehicular communication promises many improvements in terms of accident avoidance and mitigation, better utilisation of roads and resources such as time and fuel, and new opportunities for infotainment applications through advanced short-range communication between the cars involved.
Cooperative behaviour is very beneficial to improving existing applications such as automatic adaptation of speed to the vehicle in front (with each vehicle driven by a human driver) or automatic following of a leading vehicle to form a platoon of vehicles (with only the leader driven by human driver), and can provide a possible solution to achieve applications such as collision avoidance or automatic merging of vehicles on the highway.
This special issue intends to cover, among others, the various aspects of vehicular communication such as medium access control, routing, security, and accompanying standards along the ISO OSI reference model. Future automotive applications such as cooperative driving maneuvers utilising vehicular communication will be introduced and described in detail.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Data dissemination in vehicular networks
- Vehicle-to-vehicle communications
- In-vehicle sensor networks
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Mobile internetworking
- Mobility modelling and management
- Propagation models for vehicular networks
- Quality of service in vehicular networks
- Radio resource management
- Security and privacy in vehicular networks
- Vehicle movement and performance simulation
- Vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
- Vehicular ad hoc networks
- Vehicular communication networks
- Vehicular communications platforms and testbeds
- Vehicular multimedia communications
- Vehicular network protocols
- Cloud computing applications
- Internet of things
- Improvement of traffic safety
- Cooperative driving
- Wireless mesh networks
Manuscript submission: 1 October, 2012
Notification of initial decision: 1 December, 2012
Submission of revised manuscript: 1 February, 2013
Notification of final acceptance: 1 April, 2013
Submission of final revised paper: 1 June, 2013