It is a fact that an increasing number of vehicles on the market have some kind of interface that allows them to connect both to services offered by the manufacturer and services offered by third parties. Thus, we can stream music or videos through the car’s HMI, or obtain real-time information on the status of the route we are following.
In addition, this communication channel can allow us not only to receive information in the vehicle but also to use it as a data generator. Thus, we can consider the vehicle as a mobile sensor within a wireless sensor network (WSN). However, it is a network in which the nodes (the vehicles) can move at high speeds, and where the orography in which they move can make it difficult to transmit information to a server or service deployed in the cloud.
The advantages of using vehicles as sources and transmitters of information can be great, including assisting in traffic management operations, access control in cities, and environmental monitoring, to name but a few examples.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions dealing with all the technological facets of sensor networks for vehicular communications, including architecture, communication technologies, and advanced applications, sensing, and algorithms, but also on deployment issues, such as the development street or road side units to gather information from the vehicles.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
Vehicle-to-sensor and sensor-to-vehicle communication architectures
Cooperative sensing applications in the scope of VANETs
Cooperative vehicle–infrastructure systems and architectures
Vehicular system and communication technologies
Networks optimization and QoS guarantee
Big data applications for sensor networks in the scope of VANETs
Sensor networks to improve autonomous vehicle perception
In-vehicle wireless sensor networks
Dr. Unai Hernandez
Prof. Dr. Joaquim Ferreira