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Emerging Technologies for Connected and Smart Vehicles

Feature Topic


Over the past decade, advances in vehicular communications and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) have been aimed at trimming down the fuel consumption by avoiding traffic congestion, enhancement of traffic safety while initiating new application, i.e., mobile infotainment. To address the individual requirements of both safety and non-safety applications in the Connected and Smart Vehicles field, there is a need to build up a new communication technology for the integrated solutions of vehicular communication and smart communications.  The Connected Vehicles infrastructure can be of various models such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2E). Due to the rapid growth in the Connected Vehicles, many research constraints need to be addressed, e.g., reliability and latency, appropriate scalable design of MAC and routing protocols, performance and adaptability to the changes in environment (node density and oscillation in network topology), and evaluation and validation of Connected Vehicles’ protocols under the umbrella of coherent assumptions using simulation methodologies. In addition, the information shared among Connected Vehicles is of great importance and it is not yet clear what kind of privacy policies will be defined for the ITS networks.

This Feature Topic (FT) aims to emphasize the latest achievements to identify those aspects of Connected Vehicles and ITS networks that are identical to a traditional communications network in the broader spectrum.

Feature Topic Focus:

In this FT, we would like to try to answer some (or all) of the following questions:

What will be the effect on Policy Making regulations when the connected vehicles will hit the roads? What are the privacy consequences with Connected Vehicles with Smart onboard peripherals? What kind of privacy policies will be defined for the connected vehicles and smart ITS networks? What kind of education and training are required for drivers and passengers of such connected and smart vehicles to take full benefits of the proposed communication architectures? What kind of ground breaking applications can make Connected Smart Vehicles more attractive? What will be the acceptability aspects of Smart Vehicles with networked hardware? In addition, the authors are expected to address state-of-the art research challenges, results, architecture, applications, and other achievements in the following topics, but not limited to:

  • Intra-vehicle communication (vehicle-to-pedestrians, vehicle-to-portable, vehicle-to-sign, etc.)
  • Network and system architecture for Connected Vehicles
  • MAC protocols and channel management
  • Physical layer and routing protocols
  • Delay tolerant vehicular networks
  • Real-time optimization system
  • Modeling and theory
  • Internet-of-Vehicles, smart sensors (infrastructure and vehicle based)
  • Mobility management (Traffic models)
  • Energy efficient vehicular communication
  • Quality-of-Service for vehicular communication
  • Future Internet in ITS and Networking Systems
  • Information and Content Centric Networking in Connected Vehicles Networks
  • Vehicular Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Devices


Syed Hassan Ahmed
University of Central Florida, USA

Jalel Ben-Othman
University of Paris 13, France

Jaime Lloret
Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Wael Guibene
Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Ashfaq A. Khokhar
Iowa State University, USA

Raheem Beyah
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Antonio Sánchez-Esguevillas
Telefonica, Spain