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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2017, Article ID 6123868, 28 pages
Review Article

A Survey on Infrastructure-Based Vehicular Networks

1Departamento de Tecnologia, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, São João del-Rei, MG, Brazil
2National Research Council, Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering (CNR-IEIIT), Bologna, Italy
3IoT Lab, Department of Information Engineering and DISS-Road Security Center, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
4Vodafone Group Research and Development, Newbury, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Cristiano M. Silva; rb.ude.jsfu@onaitsirc

Received 23 December 2016; Revised 17 April 2017; Accepted 23 April 2017; Published 6 August 2017

Academic Editor: Dik Lun Lee

Copyright © 2017 Cristiano M. Silva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The infrastructure of vehicular networks plays a major role in realizing the full potential of vehicular communications. More and more vehicles are connected to the Internet and to each other, driving new technological transformations in a multidisciplinary way. Researchers in automotive/telecom industries and academia are joining their effort to provide their visions and solutions to increasingly complex transportation systems, also envisioning a myriad of applications to improve the driving experience and the mobility. These trends pose significant challenges to the communication systems: low latency, higher throughput, and increased reliability have to be granted by the wireless access technologies and by a suitable (possibly dedicated) infrastructure. This paper presents an in-depth survey of more than ten years of research on infrastructures, wireless access technologies and techniques, and deployment that make vehicular connectivity available. In addition, we identify the limitations of present technologies and infrastructures and the challenges associated with such infrastructure-based vehicular communications, also highlighting potential solutions.