1st International ICST Workshop on Vehicle Communications and Applications

Research Article

DSRC Channel Fading Analysis from Empirical Measurement

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/CHINACOM.2006.344919,
        author={Jijun Yin and Gavin  Holland and Tamer  ElBatt and Fan Bai and Hariharan  Krishnan},
        title={DSRC Channel Fading Analysis from Empirical Measurement},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Vehicle Communications and Applications},
  • Jijun Yin
    Gavin Holland
    Tamer ElBatt
    Fan Bai
    Hariharan Krishnan
    Year: 2007
    DSRC Channel Fading Analysis from Empirical Measurement
    DOI: 10.1109/CHINACOM.2006.344919
Jijun Yin1, Gavin Holland1, Tamer ElBatt1, Fan Bai2, Hariharan Krishnan2
  • 1: HRL Laboratories, LLC, 3011 Malibu Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
  • 2: General Motors R&D Center, 30500 Mound Rd, Warren, MI 48090


Vehicle-to-vehicle communication research has gained tremendous interest in recent years due to its importance in facilitating future active safety and telematics applications. However, with limited literature available, there is lack of understanding for modeling mobile-to-mobile channels in vehicular environments. In this paper, we conduct preliminary channel fading statistical analysis of empirical measurement data from devices compatible with the emerging dedicated short range communications (DSRC) standard. In particular, we use the Nakagami distribution to analyze the received signal strength (i.e., RSSI) from empirical measurement, and characterize the fading statistics as a function of distance for vehicular operating environment. Our analysis reveals that fading can be approximated by Rician distribution within 100 m while it seems to follow Rayleigh distribution beyond 100 m. The outcome of the study could be used for vehicular network simulation.