Vehicular Communications for ITS: Standardization and Challenges

Sherali Zeadally, Muhammad Awais Javed, Elyes Ben Hamida

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Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are fast moving from connected vehicles on the road to autonomous driving. Vehicular communication is a key enabler for the deployment of advanced ITS applications such as platooning and remote vehicle control. DSRC and C-V2X are two key wireless technologies that will play a vital role in the implementation and deployment of an autonomous transport system. We review the current standardization efforts for both of these technologies with a focus on MAC and PHY layers. The automotive industry and research community have been working on new standards - IEEE 802.11bd (for DSRC) and 5G NR V2X (for C-V2X) - to meet the high reliability and low latency requirements of autonomous driving. We also highlight the major changes that have been made to previous standards such as IEEE 802.11p and C-V2X. Finally, we present open challenges that need to be addressed to further improve these standards for vehicular communications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9088324
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Standards Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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