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Geometry-Based Vehicle-to-Vehicle Channel Modeling for Large-Scale Simulation

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posted on 2013-05-01, 00:00 authored by Mateo Boban, Joao Barros, Ozan Tonguz

Due to the dynamic nature of vehicular traffic and the road surroundings, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) propagation characteristics vary greatly on both small and large scale. Recent measurements have shown that both large static objects (e.g., buildings and foliage) and mobile objects (surrounding vehicles) have a profound impact on V2V communication. At the same time, system-level vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) simulators by and large employ simple statistical propagation models, which do not account for surrounding objects explicitly. We designed Geometry-based Efficient propagationModel for V2V communication (GEMV2), which uses outlines of vehicles, buildings, and foliage todistinguish the following three types of links: line of sight (LOS), non-LOS (NLOS) due to vehicles, and NLOS due to static objects. For each link, GEMV2 calculates the large-scale signal variations deterministically, whereas the small-scale signal variations are calculated stochastically based on the number and size of surrounding objects. We implement GEMV2 in MATLAB and show that it scales well by using it to simulate radio propagation for city-wide networks with tens of thousands of vehicles on commodity hardware. We make the source code of GEMV2 freely available. Finally, we validate GEMV2 against extensive measurements performed in urban, suburban, highway, and open-space environments.


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