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Nov 7 2007   9:34PM GMT

Researchers Propose Vehicles As Wireless Network Nodes

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Researchers at UCLA are working on developing a concept to use vehicles as nodes in a sort of fluid mobile mesh of wireless nodes connected in a mobile adhoc, or peer-to-peer network allowing vehicles to communicate with each other and access the Internet. Some of the benefits would be the ability for vehicles to communicate with each other in real time to provide relevant safety and logistical information such as weather conditions or traffic jams. The concept faces many challenges not found in static, land-based wireless networks such as the need to be able to determine the signal strength, speed, and direction of each node in order to select the best connection path. The UCLA Newsroom web site has more details in an article titled Taking It to the Streets: UCLA Scientists Seek to Turn Cars Into a Mobile Communications Network.

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