Towards Smart, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: A User-in-the-Loop Test Methodology for the Connected Car

Gunwant Dhadyalla, Vlad Marsic, Harita Joshi, Siddartha Khastgir, Stewart Birrell, Paul A. Jennings

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The evolution of current transport technology towards smart, connected and autonomous vehicles requires a communication infrastructure which combines low-latency and high-reliability. Seamless connectivity from the driver’s perspective relies on the vehicle forming a transparent electromagnetic boundary by not contributing to jamming, interference or saturation of the wireless network outside the vehicle, and not obstructing or limiting data access for its user inside the vehicle particularly in dynamic driving scenarios.
In early stages of vehicle development, simulation environments are very useful to understand the impact of a wide variety of Radio Frequency (RF) scenarios on a user’s perception of the Quality of Service related to a range of available connectivity applications. This paper presents the first step towards the development of a simulator based research facility designed to accommodate simultaneous emulation and characterisation of over-the-air and in-vehicle communication channels. The case study demonstrates a unique capability to emulate over-the-air GPS satellite signals in real-time with the ability to control signal and satellite drop-out, integrated with the projected driving environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Driving Simulation Conference 2016 VR
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Driving Simulation Conference 2016 VR - Paris, France
Duration: 7 Sept 20169 Sept 2016


ConferenceThe Driving Simulation Conference 2016 VR
Abbreviated titleDCS 2016 EUROPE
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  • Connected car
  • GPS
  • Emulation
  • Simulator
  • Autonomous Vehicles


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