Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) are one of the key enablers in the smart community. Therefore, much research has been directed towards VANETs from both industry and academia. The world’s largest automobile companies are continuously striving to introduce intelligence in automobiles through the convergence of cutting-edge sensing, communication, and control technologies.  VANETs will allow safe and efficient road overtaking and merging. Future road manoeuvring such as overtaking and merging will be done cooperatively. When vehicles are planning any manoeuvres that may introduce safety issues, they will communicate and coordinate with the relevant vehicles.

Vehicular communications and smart technologies for transportation is a growing area of communications and collaboration between vehicles and including roadside communication infrastructure. Advances in wireless communications are making possible sharing of information through real time communications between vehicles and infrastructure. This has led to applications to increase safety of vehicles and communication between passengers and the Internet. Standardization efforts on vehicular communication are also underway to make vehicular transportation safer, greener and easier. The use of electronic technology for the control of ground transportation systems including, but not limited to, traffic aid systems; traffic control systems; automatic vehicle identification, location, and monitoring systems; automated transport systems, with single and multiple vehicle control; and moving walkways or people-movers.

The use of electronic or electrical components and systems for control, propulsion, or auxiliary functions, including but not limited to, electronic controls for engineer, drive train, convenience, safety, and other vehicle systems; sensors, actuators, and microprocessors for on-board use; electronic fuel control systems; vehicle electrical components and systems collision avoidance systems; electromagnetic compatibility in the vehicle environment; and electric vehicles and controls.

The main objective of all these research and development efforts is to realize a safe, economical, environment-friendly, and reliable transportation system.


  • Vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications
  • Channel modelling, modulating and coding
  • Congestion Control and scalability issues
  • Protocol design, testing and verification
  • Routing in vehicular networks
  • Security issues and countermeasures
  • Deployment and field testing
  • Reducing energy consumption and enhancing safety of vehicles
  • Wireless in–car networks
  • Data collection and dissemination methods
  • Mobility and handover issues
  • Safety and driver assistance applications
  • Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  • Signal Transmission and Reception
  • Spectrum Sharing, Spectrum Management, and Cognitive Radio
  • Multiple Antenna Systems and Cooperative Communications
  • Radio Access Technology and Heterogeneous Networks
  • Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  • Dedicated short range communications (DSRC)
  • Channel models for vehicular networks
  • Mobility models for vehicular networks
  • Cellular/VANET interworking
  • V2X communications and applications
  • Interaction between intra-and inter-vehicular communications
  • Data traffic offloading
  • OBU and RSU communication systems
  • Context aware service and applications
  • Ultra-low latency and ultra-high reliability communications for road safety applications
  • Multi-channel/multi-antenna/multi-transceiver systems for vehicular communication
  • Cryptographic protocol design
  • Big data security and privacy
  • Cross-layer methods for enhancing security
  • Jamming and jamming-resistance
  • Network coding and security
  • Secure routing and network management
  • Security and privacy in end-to-end connections
  • Security and privacy in VANET
  • Security and privacy in mobile ad hoc
  • Denial of service (DOS) and Distributed DOS (DDOS)
  • Human machine interface (HMI) for smart cars
  • Intelligent transport system (ITS) and Telematics
  • Advanced Traffic Control and Management, Transportation Networks
  • Location information for resource planning and management of radio and networks