Ad Hoc Networks. Second International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada, August 18-20, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Towards Autonomous Vehicular Clouds

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-17994-5_1,
        author={Mohamed Eltoweissy and Stephan Olariu and Mohamed Younis},
        title={Towards Autonomous Vehicular Clouds},
        proceedings={Ad Hoc Networks. Second International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2010, Victoria, BC, Canada, August 18-20, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ADHOCNETS},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Vehicular networks cloud computing autonomous systems resource management cyber-physical systems},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-17994-5_1}
    }
    
  • Mohamed Eltoweissy
    Stephan Olariu
    Mohamed Younis
    Year: 2012
    Towards Autonomous Vehicular Clouds
    ADHOCNETS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17994-5_1
Mohamed Eltoweissy1,*, Stephan Olariu2,*, Mohamed Younis3,*
  • 1: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2: Old Dominion University
  • 3: University of Maryland
*Contact email: mohamed.eltoweissy@pnl.gov, olariu@cs.odu.edu, younis@cs.umbc.edu

Abstract

The dawn of the 21 century has seen a growing interest in vehicular networking and its myriad potential applications. The initial view of practitioners and researchers was that radio-equipped vehicles could keep the drivers informed about potential safety risks and increase their awareness of road conditions. The view then expanded to include access to the Internet and associated services. This position paper proposes and promotes a novel and more comprehensive vision namely, that advances in vehicular networks, embedded devices, and cloud computing will enable the formation of autonomous clouds of vehicular computing, communication, sensing, power and physical resources. Hence, we coin the term, Autonomous Vehicular Clouds (AVCs). A key features distinguishing AVCs from conventional cloud computing is that mobile AVC resources can be pooled to serve authorized users and to enable in real-time service sharing and management on terrestrial, aerial, or aquatic pathways or theatres of operations. In addition to general-purpose AVCs, we also envision the emergence of specialized AVCs such as mobile analytics laboratories. Furthermore, we envision that the integration of AVCs with ubiquitous smart infrastructures including intelligent transportation systems, smart cities, and smart electric power grids, will have an enormous societal impact enabling ubiquitous utility cyber-physical services at the right place, right time, and with right-sized resources.