On the nature of Inter-Vehicle Communication

Conference: KiVS 2007 - Kommunikation in Verteilten Systemen - 15. ITG/GI-Fachtagung
02/26/2007 - 03/02/2007 at Bern, Schweiz

Proceedings: KiVS 2007

Pages: 10Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Kiess, Wolfgang; Rybicki, Jedrzej; Mauve, Martin (Computer Networks Research Group, University of Düsseldorf , Germany)

In this position paper we argue that applications for the communication between vehicles do not require the functionality typically offered by mobile ad-hoc-networks or wireless sensor networks. Consequently the name Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network (VANET) is a misnomer leading practitioners and researchers astray. In order to make our point we briefly outline the characteristics of Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANETs), wireless sensor networks and classical infrastructure-based access networks. We then show that the applications considered for car-to-car communication are best served either by the latter or require altogether different network services not found in mobile ad-hoc networks or Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). We conclude our statement by pointing out some of the fundamental and unique research challenges posed by Inter-Vehicle Communication (IVC).