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Falko Dressler, Christoph Sommer, David Eckhoff and Ozan K. Tonguz, "Towards Realistic Simulation of Inter-Vehicle Communication: Models, Techniques and Pitfalls," IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, vol. 6 (3), pp. 43–51, September 2011.


The quality of Intelligent Transportation Systems strongly depends on the underlying communication protocols and techniques. In this article, we discuss the current state of the art, trends, and open problems in the area of simulation techniques used to study Inter-Vehicle Communication (IVC). Complementary to testbed experiments that are often limited in scale and variety, simulation is one of the most important methods for performance evaluation of IVC applications. In the last couple of years, the quality of used simulation models has seen tremendous improvement, yet there are still open issues regarding the accuracy of typical simulation experiments. In this article, we touch on a broad range of topics but focus on three aspects that have a strong influence on the degree of realism and hence the reliability of simulation results: the need to integrate microscopic mobility models, the used evaluation metrics, and the impact of human driver behavior on a macroscopic scale. Based on selected example settings, we first demonstrate the strong influence of these aspects on the quality of simulation experiments and then describe available models and tools that can be used for IVC simulation.

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Falko Dressler
Christoph Sommer
David Eckhoff
Ozan K. Tonguz

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    author = {Dressler, Falko and Sommer, Christoph and Eckhoff, David and Tonguz, Ozan K.},
    doi = {10.1109/MVT.2011.941898},
    title = {{Towards Realistic Simulation of Inter-Vehicle Communication: Models, Techniques and Pitfalls}},
    pages = {43--51},
    journal = {IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine},
    issn = {1556-6072},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    month = {9},
    number = {3},
    volume = {6},
    year = {2011},

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