ew 15(7): e2

Research Article

Simplifying the in-vehicle connectivity for ITS applications

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.22-7-2015.2260058,
        author={Sergio Tornell and Teemu K\aa{}rkk\aa{}inen and J\o{}rg Ott and Carlos Calafate and Juan-Carlos Cano and Pietro Manzoni},
        title={Simplifying the in-vehicle connectivity for ITS applications},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Energy Web},
        keywords={vehicular networks, v2v, smartphone, grcbox, vanet, its},
  • Sergio Tornell
    Teemu Kärkkäinen
    Jörg Ott
    Carlos Calafate
    Juan-Carlos Cano
    Pietro Manzoni
    Year: 2015
    Simplifying the in-vehicle connectivity for ITS applications
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.22-7-2015.2260058
Sergio Tornell1,*, Teemu Kärkkäinen2, Jörg Ott2, Carlos Calafate1, Juan-Carlos Cano1, Pietro Manzoni3
  • 1: Universitat Politècnica de València
  • 2: Äalto University
  • 3: Universitat politècnica de valència
*Contact email: sermarto@upv.es


In-vehicle connectivity has experienced a big expansion in recent years; car manufacturers are very active in this sense, and are proposing OBU oriented solutions. This effort is justified by the user demands for always-on connectivity. However, currently available OBUs do not provide the desired flexibility and simplicity of use that would be desirable for ITS applications. For example, none of them considers the possibility for inter-vehicle device-to-device communications. In this paper we present GRCBox, an architecture that ex- tends the in-vehicle connectivity by providing inter and in- vehicular communication support. By creating private vehicular networks, GRCBox allows user devices’ applications to perform direct peer-to-peer communication. In this paper we describe the GRCBox design along with four case studies. We also include the experimental results obtained from a test-bed to show that our solution does not have a negative impact on the performance when compared to a centralized solution.