Special Issue "New Perspectives in Intelligent Transportation Systems and Mobile Communications towards a Smart Cities Context"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Pau

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Enna 94100, Italy
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Interests: wireless sensor networks; internet of things; home automation; green communications
Guest Editor
Dr. Alessandro Severino

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture – Kore University of Enna, Italy
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Interests: intelligent transportation systems; traffic light management; inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications; traffic operations management and control
Guest Editor
Dr. Antonino Canale

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture – Kore University of Enna, Italy
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Interests: intelligent transportation systems; security in transportation networks; inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications; driver and traveler support systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Future smart cities will be based, both, on intelligent transportation solutions and smart information and communication technologies. For this reason, these topics have attracted considerable interest in the research and development of smarter communication protocols. In fact, in recent years, important advancements in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have been found in the evolution of in-vehicle systems by the application of artificial intelligence, in the connection of in-vehicle devices by wireless networks, and in in-vehicle services for autonomous driving using high-precision positioning and sensing systems. Furthermore, there has also been a meaningful improvement in mobile ad hoc and sensor networks and ubiquitous services in the area of mobile communications. It is clear that a sound synergy between ITS solutions and mobile communications can concretely open new perspectives for future smart cities.

This Special Issue solicits the submission of high-quality and unpublished papers that aim to solve open technical problems and challenges typical of mobile communications for ITS, integrating novel approaches efficiently, and focusing on the performance evaluation and comparison with existing solutions. Both theoretical and experimental studies for typical and future ITS scenarios are encouraged. Furthermore, also high-quality review and survey papers are welcome.

Specific Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Transportation Systems
  • Smart Decision Systems (e.g., expert systems and intelligent agents)
  • Control Systems (e.g., adaptive, fuzzy, cooperative, neuro) for Transportation Networks
  • Driver and Traveler Support Systems
  • Renewable Energy-Based Vehicles for Green Transportation
  • Traffic Operations Management and Control
  • New Traffic Control Concepts that promote communications-based traffic control
  • Green Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Technology
  • Inter-vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications
  • Future Network Architecture for Green Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Energy Efficiency Content Delivery over Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Internet of Vehicles (IoV) for improving ITS
  • Green and Sustainable Storage Designs for Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Trust, Security, and Privacy in Transportation Network
  • Context and Location-Aware Intelligent Transportation Systems

Prof. Giovanni Pau
Dr. Alessandro Severino
Dr. Antonino Canale
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Research on a Support System for Automatic Ship Navigation in Fairway
Future Internet 2019, 11(2), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11020038
Received: 28 December 2018 / Revised: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2019 / Published: 3 February 2019
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In previous investigations, controllers for the track-keeping of ships were designed with the assumption of constant ship speed. However, when navigating in a fairway area, the ship’s speed is usually decreased to prepare for berthing. The existing track-keeping systems, which are applied when [...] Read more.
In previous investigations, controllers for the track-keeping of ships were designed with the assumption of constant ship speed. However, when navigating in a fairway area, the ship’s speed is usually decreased to prepare for berthing. The existing track-keeping systems, which are applied when the ship navigates in the open sea with a constant ship speed, cannot be used to navigate the ship in the fairway. In this article, a support system is proposed for ship navigation in the fairway. This system performs three tasks. First, the ship is automatically controlled by regulating the rudder to follow planned tracks. Second, the ship’s speed is reduced step by step to approach the berth area at a low speed. Finally, at low speed, when the ship’s rudder is not effective enough to control the ship’s heading to a desired angle, the ship’s heading is adjusted appropriately by the bow thruster before changing the control mode into the automatic berthing system. By the proposed system, the automatic systems can be combined to obtain a fully automatic system for ship control. To validate the effectiveness of this proposed system for automatic ship navigation in the fairway, numerical simulations were conducted with a training ship model. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Crowdsensing Platform for Monitoring of Vehicular Emissions: A Smart City Perspective
Future Internet 2019, 11(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11010013
Received: 13 December 2018 / Revised: 29 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
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Historically, cities follow reactive planning models where managers make decisions as problems occur. On the other hand, the exponential growth of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has allowed the connection of a diverse array of sensors, devices, systems, and objects. These objects can [...] Read more.
Historically, cities follow reactive planning models where managers make decisions as problems occur. On the other hand, the exponential growth of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has allowed the connection of a diverse array of sensors, devices, systems, and objects. These objects can then generate data that can be transformed into information and used in a more efficient urban planning paradigm, one that allows decisions to be made before the occurrence of problems and emergencies. Therefore, this article aims to propose a platform capable of estimating the amount of carbon dioxide based on sensor readings in vehicles, indirectly contributing to a more proactive city planning based on the monitoring of vehicular pollution. Crowdsensing techniques and an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) reader are used to extract data from vehicles in real time, which are then stored locally on the devices used to perform data collection. With the performed experiments, it was possible to extract information about the operation of the vehicles and their dynamics when moving in a city, providing valuable information that can support auxiliary tools for the management of urban centers. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Optimization of Marine Diesel Engine Rotational Speed Control Process by Fuzzy Logic Control Based on Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm
Future Internet 2018, 10(10), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi10100099
Received: 3 September 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 28 September 2018 / Published: 4 October 2018
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The marine main diesel engine rotational speed automatic control plays a significant role in determining the optimal main diesel engine speed under impacting on navigation environment conditions. In this article, the application of fuzzy logic control theory for main diesel engine speed control [...] Read more.
The marine main diesel engine rotational speed automatic control plays a significant role in determining the optimal main diesel engine speed under impacting on navigation environment conditions. In this article, the application of fuzzy logic control theory for main diesel engine speed control has been associated with Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). Firstly, the controller is designed according to fuzzy logic control theory. Secondly, the fuzzy logic controller will be optimized by Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) in order to obtain the optimal adjustment of the membership functions only. Finally, the fuzzy logic controller has been completely innovated by Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm. The study results will be represented under digital simulation form, as well as comparison between traditional fuzzy logic controller with fuzzy logic control–particle swarm optimization speed controller being obtained. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Optimal Design of Demand-Responsive Feeder Transit Services with Passengers’ Multiple Time Windows and Satisfaction
Future Internet 2018, 10(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi10030030
Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 21 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 March 2018 / Published: 12 March 2018
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This paper presents a mixed-integer linear programming model for demand-responsive feeder transit services to assign vehicles located at different depots to pick up passengers at the demand points and transport them to the rail station. The proposed model features passengers’ one or several [...] Read more.
This paper presents a mixed-integer linear programming model for demand-responsive feeder transit services to assign vehicles located at different depots to pick up passengers at the demand points and transport them to the rail station. The proposed model features passengers’ one or several preferred time windows for boarding vehicles at the demand point and their expected ride time. Moreover, passenger satisfaction that was related only to expected ride time is fully accounted for in the model. The objective is to simultaneously minimize the operation costs of total mileage and maximize passenger satisfaction. As the problem is an extension of the nondeterministic polynomial problem with integration of the vehicle route problem, this study further develops an improved bat algorithm to yield meta-optimal solutions for the model in a reasonable amount of time. When this was applied to a case study in Nanjing City, China, the mileage and satisfaction of the proposed model were reduced by 1.4 km and increased by 7.1%, respectively, compared with the traditional model. Sensitivity analyses were also performed to investigate the impact of the number of designed bus routes and weights of objective functions on the model performance. Finally, a comparison of Cplex, standard bat algorithm, and group search optimizer is analyzed to verify the validity of the proposed algorithm. Full article
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Open AccessReview A Review of Vehicle to Vehicle Communication Protocols for VANETs in the Urban Environment
Future Internet 2018, 10(2), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi10020014
Received: 8 December 2017 / Revised: 21 January 2018 / Accepted: 22 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
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Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs) have been gaining significant attention from the research community due to their increasing importance for building an intelligent transportation system. The characteristics of VANETs, such as high mobility, network partitioning, intermittent connectivity and obstacles in city environments, make routing [...] Read more.
Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs) have been gaining significant attention from the research community due to their increasing importance for building an intelligent transportation system. The characteristics of VANETs, such as high mobility, network partitioning, intermittent connectivity and obstacles in city environments, make routing a challenging task. Due to these characteristics of VANETs, the performance of a routing protocol is degraded. The position-based routing is considered to be the most significant approach in VANETs. In this paper, we present a brief review of most significant position based unicast routing protocols designed for vehicle to vehicle communications in the urban environment. We provide them with their working features for exchanging information between vehicular nodes. We describe their pros and cons. This study also provides a comparison of the vehicle to vehicle communication based routing protocols. The comparative study is based on some significant factors such as mobility, traffic density, forwarding techniques and method of junction selection mechanism, and strategy used to handle a local optimum situation. It also provides the simulation based study of existing dynamic junction selection routing protocols and a static junction selection routing protocol. It provides a profound insight into the routing techniques suggested in this area and the most valuable solutions to advance VANETs. More importantly, it can be used as a source of references to other researchers in finding literature that is relevant to routing in VANETs. Full article
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