Vehicular Networks: From Theory to Practice

Stephan Olariu, Michele C. Weigle

March 17, 2009 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 472 Pages - 143 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420085884 - CAT# C5883
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Computer and Information Science Series


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  • Provides an interdisciplinary overview of vehicular networks, from traffic engineering to human factors
  • Presents computer issues involved in vehicular networks, including application development, networking, evaluation, and simulation
  • Examines U.S. and European endeavors to set standards and perform field tests
  • Explores safety and infotainment applications in vehicles
  • Balances theoretical and practical aspects of the subject
  • Includes case studies, simulation tools, and implementation test-beds


In spite of their importance and potential societal impact, there is currently no comprehensive source of information about vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs). Cohesively integrating the state of the art in this emerging field, Vehicular Networks: From Theory to Practice elucidates many issues involved in vehicular networking, including traffic engineering, human factors studies, and novel computer science research.

Divided into six broad sections, the book begins with an overview of traffic engineering issues, such as traffic monitoring and traffic flow modeling. It then introduces governmental and industrial efforts in the United States and Europe to set standards and perform field tests on the feasibility of vehicular networks. After highlighting innovative applications enabled by vehicular networks, the book discusses several networking-related issues, including routing and localization. The following section focuses on simulation, which is currently the primary method for evaluating vehicular networking systems. The final part explores the extent and impact of driver distraction with in-vehicle displays.

Encompassing both introductory and advanced concepts, this guide covers the various areas that impact the design of applications for vehicular networks. It details key research challenges, offers guidance on developing future standards, and supplies valuable information on existing experimental studies.


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