By jointly involving multiple challenging requirements, such as ultra-high reliable and ultra-low latency communications, high efficiency and capacity, intelligent driving is one of the most ambitious and attractive applications of the 6G initiatives. Although the convergence of communication, caching, control and computing (4C) resources can be leveraged to effectively enable 6G services and applications over vehicle-to-everything (V2X) channels, multiple challenges must be addressed to allow connected vehicles to meet the 6G requirements, to securely and efficiently orchestrate their resources and to develop self-organizing and self-sustaining capabilities.
Emerging communication paradigms that make effective the data transmission in very high dynamic contexts include the reprogrammability of the environment by the means of Reprogrammable Intelligent Metasurfaces (RIMs). Moreover, Visible Light Communication (VLC) can improve the reliability of V2X interactions and be effective in terms of security and enhanced data rate. With focus on networking aspects, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) can bring programmability, flexibility and scalability in connected vehicles, simplify network management and promote an efficient and fair use of the distributed 4C resources and programmable metasurfaces. They can be complemented by revolutionary networking models, such as Information Centric Networking (ICN), to provide distributed caching and computing services.
This special issue aims to collect proposals that deal with revolutionary communication and networking technologies for connected vehicles, in a holistic fashion or at different layers, to meet the expectations of the 6G era.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
Software-defined vehicular networks
Vehicular cloud computing in the 6G era
Fog/edge computing architectures for connected vehicles
Integration of SDN/NFV and vehicular cloud computing
Information Centric Networking for Connected Vehicles
Impact of connected vehicles on transportation safety, management, characterization, and prediction
Mobile sensing networking, sensor data collection and multi-modal fusion
Caching strategies for connected vehicles
Joint management of communication, control, computing and caching for 6G vehicular applications and services
Optical wireless technologies for 6G vehicular applications and services
Reprogrammable and Intelligent Metasurfaces for smart connected vehicles
Secure and privacy-preserving communications in 6G vehicular networks
Submission Format and Guideline
All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at
All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the paper submission system at https://www.editorialmanager.com/VEHCOM/default.aspx . The authors must select as “VSI: Smart Vehicle – Amadeo” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.
Editor in Chief
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Marica Amadeo
University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Prof. Abderrahim Benslimane
University of Avignon, France
Prof. Kwang-Cheng Chen
University of South Florida, USA
Dr. Valeria Loscrì
INRIA Lille-Nord Europe, France
Dr. Seyhan Ucar
Toyota Motor North America, USA
Dr. Anna Maria Vegni
Roma Tre University, Italy
31 March 2021
30 June 2021
30 July 2021