Vanetchain: A framework for trustworthy exchanges of information in vanets based on blockchain and a virtualization layer

Paúl Vintimilla-Tapia, Jack Bravo-Torres, Martín López-Nores, Pablo Gallegos-Segovia, Esteban Ordóñez-Morales, Manuel Ramos-Cabrer

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Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) face challenges related to the reliability of the data exchanged and the unstability of the communication links. These shortcomings have hampered the development of the long-awaited applications that would turn roads into a smart environment. We present a framework to deploy such services, in which a virtualization layer ensures means to efficiently deliver messages between vehicles and roadside units (RSUs) and, on top of that, blockchain technology is used to enable features of data integrity, traceability, and reliability that cannot be furnished by existing consensus and reputation mechanisms. A simulation experiment is included to determine the optimal number of RSUs to be installed as supporting infrastructure in a city.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7930
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (Gobierno de España) research project TIN2017-87604-R, and through the Galician Regional Government under the agreement for funding the atlanTTic Research Center for Telecommunication Technologies and its Program for the Consolidation and Structuring of Competitive Research Groups.

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  • Blockchain
  • Reliable data
  • Vehicular ad-hoc network
  • Vehicular crowdsensing
  • Virtualization


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