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Measuring IEEE 802.11p Performance for Active Safety Applications in Cooperative Vehicular Systems

In this paper, we present a measurement study of application layer performance in IEEE 802.11p vehicular networks. More specifically, our focus is on active safety applications, which are based on the exchange of beacon messages containing status information between close-by vehicles. We consider two performance metrics relevant to active safety applications: the first is application-layer goodput, which can be used to optimize congestion control techniques aimed at limiting the beaconing load on the wireless channel; the second is the beacon reception rate, which is useful to estimate the level of situation awareness achievable onboard vehicles. Our measurements were conducted using a prototypal, 802.11p compliant communication device developed by NEC, in both stationary and mobile V2V scenarios, and disclosed several useful insights on 802.11p application-level performance. To the best of our knowledge, the ones presented in this paper are the first application-level measurements of IEEE 802.11p based vehicular networks reported in the literature.

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Type: TR Technical reports
Field of reference: Information Technology and Communication Systems
IIT TR-25-2010

Activity: Algoritmica per reti wireless