NOW - Network on Wheels
The NOW project is joining the efforts of German industry and academia to solve technical key questions on the communication protocols and data security for car-to-car communications and to submit the results to the standardization activities of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, which is an initiative of major European car manufacturers and suppliers. Furthermore, a test bed for functional tests and demonstrations is implemented which will be developed further on toward a reference system for the Car2Car Communication Consortium specifications.
The NOW project addresses all issues from design and standardization of a car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication system until its market introduction. While being involved in the whole project, at the DSN group we are mainly focusing our efforts in the design of robust inter-vehicle communications. In our aim to implement a reliable communication system we cover the following topics:
Understand radio propagation characteristics in different vehicluar environments Analyze the impact of fading effects on communication protocols Design of strategies to fight against adverse conditions Design of protocols tailored to the different inter-vehicle specific applications Implement our protocols and test them in real scenarios