D2D for intelligent transportation systems: A feasibility study

Xiang Cheng, Liuqing Yang, Xia Shen

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Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are becoming a crucial component of our society, whereas reliable and efficient vehicular communications consist of a key enabler of a well-functioning ITS. To meet a wide variety of ITS application needs, vehicular-to-vehicular and vehicular-to-infrastructure communications have to be jointly considered, configured, and optimized. The effective and efficient coexistence and cooperation of the two give rise to a dynamic spectrum management problem. One recently emerged and rapidly adopted solution of a similar problem in cellular networks is the so-termed device-to-device (D2D) communications. Its potential in the vehicular scenarios with unique challenges, however, has not been thoroughly investigated to date. In this paper, we for the first time carry out a feasibility study of D2D for ITS based on both the features of D2D and the nature of vehicular networks. In addition to demonstrating the promising potential of this technology, we will also propose novel remedies necessary to make D2D technology practical as well as beneficial for ITS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7017566
Pages (from-to)1784-1793
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Device-to-device (D2D)
  • interference control
  • positioning
  • resource allocation
  • scheduling
  • vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs)


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