VANET Simulation Environment with Feedback Loop and its Application to Traffic Light Assistance

Axel Wegener, Horst Hellbrück, Christian Wewetzer, Andreas Lübke


Traffic applications, in which vehicles are equipped with a radio interface and communicate directly with each other and the road traffic infrastructure are a promising field for adhoc network technology. Vehicular applications reach from entertainment to traffic information systems, including safety aspects where warning messages can inform drivers about dangerous situations in advance. As performance tests of the real system are very expensive and not comprehensive, today's evaluations are based on analysis and simulation via traffic simulators. In order to investigate the impact of traffic information systems there are two options: First, traffic simulators can be extended by application code and a simplified model for wireless communication. Second, existing network simulators can be coupled with existing traffic simulators. We favor the coupling of existing and well known simulators as we believe that the wireless communication characteristics influence the data transfer significantly and an oversimplified transmission model can lead to flawed results. In this paper we describe the feedback loop between traffic and network simulators named Traffic Control Interface (TraCI) and outline its versatility. We explain its use to determine possible energy consumption reduction when traffic lights send their phase schedules to vehicles.

Titel2008 IEEE Globecom Workshops
Herausgeber (Verlag)IEEE
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-3061-1
ISBN (elektronisch)978-1-4244-3062-8
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 01.12.2008
Veranstaltung2008 IEEE Globecom Workshops - New Orleans, USA / Vereinigte Staaten
Dauer: 30.11.200804.12.2008
Konferenznummer: 75641


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