Title: LTE D2D technology for platooning applications
Level: Basic/Advanced
Description: Description: This thesis work is defined in the scope of the SafeCOP (Safe Cooperating Cyber-Physical Systems Using Wireless Communication) (www.safecop.eu) and ELECTRA projects. SafeCOP is a European project that targets cyber-physical systems-of-systems whose safe cooperation relies on wireless communication and the aim of ELECTRA is to investigate the challenges and communication needs of a safe, secure and efficient integration of the platoon into a broader C-ITS context. Platooning is both a challenging and rewarding application. Challenging since strict timing and reliability requirements are imposed by the distributed control system required to operate the platoon. Rewarding since considerable fuel reductions are possible. A platoon includes a leading vehicle which is operated by a professional driver, and one or more other vehicles, which are autonomously driven, following the leader in close proximity. Platooning is the first step toward fully autonomous driving, which is mentioned as one of the most important fifth-generation (5G) use cases. Spacing and speed in a platoon of vehicles are controlled by a fully automated control system that relies on updated vehicles’ kinematics data. The main goal of this thesis is to investigate the potential of long-term evolution (LTE) device-to-device (D2D) communications for data dissemination in the platoon. A few studies have been done in this area [1], but a deeper analysis is required to address D2D issues, such as handover management and reliability support that are exacerbated for platooning applications due to its unique features and strict demands.

This thesis is suitable for 1-2 students.

1. C. Campolo, A. Molinaro, G. Araniti and A. O. Berthet, "Better Platooning Control Toward Autonomous Driving : An LTE Device-to-Device Communications Strategy That Meets Ultralow Latency Requirements," in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 30-38, March 2017.
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Prerequisites: • Programming skills in C/C++.
• Knowledge and experience on vehicular ad hoc network and cellular networks is a plus.
• Knowledge of network simulators, such as NS-2, NS-3 and OMNeT++ is a plus.
IDT supervisors: Ali Balador
Examiner: Elisabeth Uhlemann