Special Issue "Advances in Vehicular Networks"

A special issue of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks (ISSN 2224-2708).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mavì Masini
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Guest Editor
IEIIT-CNR, National Research Council of Italy and University of Bologna, Italy
Interests: connected vehicles; Internet of vehicles (IoV); relay-assisted communications; visible light communication (VLC); 5G
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Dr. Cristiano M. Silva
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Guest Editor
Department of Technology, Federal University of São João Del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil
Interests: mobile networks; connected vehicles; roadside communication infrastructure
Dr. Ali Balador
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Guest Editor
Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden
Interests: connected vehicles; Internet of vehicles (IoV); medium access control (MAC) layer protocols; platooning application; 5G; security and privacy; machine learning for communication and fog/edge computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communication is a key asset of the next automation revolution, representing the core of major transformations in society with social, economic, and environmental impacts. Connected vehicles are expected to transform the way we travel and how we live, through the creation of a safe, interoperable wireless communication network among road actors, infrastructure, and objects. Combined with sensor-based technologies, connected vehicles will enhance the performance of automated driving and increase further traffic safety. International consortiums have already agreed on the basic set of applications that need to be implemented to start operating a vehicular network infrastructure at a large scale. Current access technologies, such as IEEE 802.11p or 3GPP LTE-V2X can already succeed in providing challenging new applications, but cannot satisfy all requirements of future applications, since these technologies are designed with the human user in mind; hence, with latency in the order of hundred milliseconds, around 90% of reliability within given ranges, and limited data rates. The fully connected car will require a massive amount of computing power and super-high-speed communications systems such as 5G V2X.

This Special Issue is seeking original contributions on vehicular networks, sharing the research efforts and deployment challenges in this field and discussing challenges, key enabling techniques, unprecedented approaches, and field trails.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Mavì Masini
Dr. Cristiano M. Silva
Dr. Ali Balador
Guest Editors

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  • Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) as the road to 5G vehicular networks
  • IEEE 802.11px vs. LTE-V2X
  • Hybrid vehicular networks
  • Efficient handling of huge numbers of vehicular users
  • V2V communications for extended network coverage and reduced end-to-end latency
  • V2V networks as fall back solutions in the absence of the infrastructure
  • Resource allocation and optimization for V2X
  • Automotive and telecom industry steps and benefits
  • Connected autonomous vehicles
  • Field operational tests and trials.
  • Blockchain for vehicles
  • Artificial Intelligence applied to smart transportation
  • Strategies for managing vehicular networks
  • Big data in intelligent transportation systems
  • Platooning applications
  • Security and privacy
  • Fog/edge computing for connected vehicles
  • Machine learning and deep learning for intelligent vehicular networks

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Scalable Edge Computing Deployment for Reliable Service Provisioning in Vehicular Networks
J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2019, 8(4), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan8040051 - 02 Oct 2019
The global connected cars market is growing rapidly. Novel services will be offered to vehicles, many of them requiring low-latency and high-reliability networking solutions. The Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) paradigm, thanks to the centralization and virtualization of baseband functions, offers numerous advantages [...] Read more.
The global connected cars market is growing rapidly. Novel services will be offered to vehicles, many of them requiring low-latency and high-reliability networking solutions. The Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) paradigm, thanks to the centralization and virtualization of baseband functions, offers numerous advantages in terms of costs and mobile radio performance. C-RAN can be deployed in conjunction with a Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) infrastructure, bringing services close to vehicles supporting time-critical applications. However, a massive deployment of computational resources at the edge may be costly, especially when reliability requirements demand deployment of redundant resources. In this context, cost optimization based on integer linear programming may result in being too complex when the number of involved nodes is more than a few tens. This paper proposes a scalable approach for C-RAN and MEC computational resource deployment with protection against single-edge node failure. A two-step hybrid model is proposed to alleviate the computational complexity of the integer programming model when edge computing resources are located in physical nodes. Results show the effectiveness of the proposed hybrid strategy in finding optimal or near-optimal solutions with different network sizes and with affordable computational effort. Full article
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