11. Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Applications

  1. Luca Delgrossi1 and
  2. Tao Zhang2

Published Online: 13 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch11

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

How to Cite

Delgrossi, L. and Zhang, T. (2012) Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Applications, in Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Information and Communication Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. T. Russell Hsing and
  2. Vincent K. N. Lau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118132722

Online ISBN: 9781118452189



  • autonomous sensors;
  • path history;
  • target classification;
  • vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety applications


This chapter focuses on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety applications for avoiding imminent collisions. It discusses the basic design philosophy and concept of operations for these safety applications and describes the message formats used to exchange safety information between vehicles. The chapter further describes a system architecture designed to support V2V safety applications, including crucial enabling mechanisms such as target classification, path history, and path prediction. It provides a high-level description of sample V2V safety application implementations. Vehicular communications can provide a foundation for safety systems aimed at alerting drivers of imminent dangers. For safety systems that can activate vehicle control functions, vehicular communications should be combined with onboard autonomous sensors to provide redundancy and to validate the information obtained from wireless channels. The prototypes described in the chapter are limited to alerting the driver.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

safety systems; Vehicular ad hoc networks