Simplifying the in-vehicle connectivity for its applications

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  • Sergio M. Tornell
  • Carlos T. Calafate
  • Juan Carlos Cano
  • Pietro Manzoni
  • Teemu Kärkkäinen
  • Jörg Ott

Research units

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia


In-vehicle connectivity has experienced a big expansion in recent years; car manufacturers are very active in this sense, and are proposing OBU oriented solutions. This effort is justified by the user demands for always-on connectivity. However, currently available OBUs do not provide the desired flexibility and simplicity of use that would be desirable for ITS applications. For example, none of them considers the possibility for inter-vehicle device-to-device communications. In this paper we present GRCBox, an architecture that extends the in-vehicle connectivity by providing inter and invehicular communication support. By creating private vehicular networks, GRCBox allows user devices' applications to perform direct peer-to-peer communication. In this paper we describe the GRCBox design along with four case studies. We also include the experimental results obtained from a test-bed to show that our solution does not have a negative impact on the performance when compared to a centralized solution.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalEAI Endorsed Transactions on Energy Web
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • GRCBox, ITS, Smartphone, V2V, VANET, Vehicular networks

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