Vehicle-­to Vehicle Communications in Mixed Passenger-Freight Convoys

Vehicle convoys (platoons) hold a promise for significant efficiency improvements of freight and passenger transportation through better system integration. Through the use of advanced driver assistance, vehicles in a convoy can keep shorter distances from each other, thus decreasing energy consumption and traffic jams. However, reliable and low-latency communications are a vital prerequisite for such systems. The standard for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) wireless communications is Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11p, and its performance for communication between passenger cars has been wisely explored. However, there are hardly an results about the performance of such systems when both trucks and passenger cars are present. To remedy this situation, the authors propose in this project to first perform extensive measurements of the propagation channel (pathloss and dispersion) between cars and trucks, and between cars whose connection is blocked by trucks. The authors then will use these data as the input of a system simulator, which will tell us not only the probability of successful communication between vehicles, but also analyze robust methods such as multi-hop to resolve the situations where direct communications are not successful.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $89,592
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Project Managers:

    Valentine Deguzman, Victoria

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research

    University of Southern California
    650 Childs Way, RGL 107
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Principal Investigators:

    Molisch, Andreas

  • Start Date: 20150101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160430
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37360

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01541713
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0533
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 23 2014 1:00AM