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Sensors 2015, 15(8), 18480-18505; doi:10.3390/s150818480

V-Alert: Description and Validation of a Vulnerable Road User Alert System in the Framework of a Smart City

Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech), University of Deusto, Bilbao 48007, Spain
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Academic Editors: Antonio Puliafito and Dario Bruneo
Received: 27 April 2015 / Revised: 15 July 2015 / Accepted: 24 July 2015 / Published: 29 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors and Smart Cities)
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V-Alert is a cooperative application to be deployed in the frame of Smart Cities with the aim of reducing the probability of accidents involving Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) and vehicles. The architecture of V-Alert combines short- and long-range communication technologies in order to provide more time to the drivers and VRU to take the appropriate maneuver and avoid a possible collision. The information generated by mobile sensors (vehicles and cyclists) is sent over this heterogeneous communication architecture and processed in a central server, the Drivers Cloud, which is in charge of generating the messages that are shown on the drivers’ and cyclists’ Human Machine Interface (HMI). First of all, V-Alert has been tested in a simulated scenario to check the communications architecture in a complex scenario and, once it was validated, all the elements of V-Alert have been moved to a real scenario to check the application reliability. All the results are shown along the length of this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: vehicular networks; smart cities; vulnerable road users vehicular networks; smart cities; vulnerable road users
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Hernandez-Jayo, U.; De-la-Iglesia, I.; Perez, J. V-Alert: Description and Validation of a Vulnerable Road User Alert System in the Framework of a Smart City. Sensors 2015, 15, 18480-18505.

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