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Sensors (Basel). 2018 Nov 15;18(11). pii: E3957. doi: 10.3390/s18113957.

Information-Centric Network-Based Vehicular Communications: Overview and Research Opportunities.

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Department of Information Technology, The University of Haripur, Haripur 22620, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Department of Software and Communications Engineering, Hongik University, Sejong 30016, Korea.
InterNetWorks Research Laboratory, School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah 06010, Malaysia.
College of Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, 2713 Qatar.
School of Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-0390, USA.
National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Santa Rita do Sapucaí 37540-000, Brazil.
Instituto de Telecomunicações, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal.
University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza 60811-905, Brazil.


Information Centric Network (ICN) is expected to be the favorable deployable future Internet paradigm. ICN intends to replace the current IP-based model with the name-based content-centric model, as it aims at providing better security, scalability, and content distribution. However, it is a challenging task to conceive how ICN can be linked with the other most emerging paradigm, i.e., Vehicular Ad hoc Network (VANET). In this article, we present an overview of the ICN-based VANET approach in line with its contributions and research challenges.In addition, the connectivity issues of vehicular ICN model is presented with some other emerging paradigms, such as Software Defined Network (SDN), Cloud, and Edge computing. Moreover, some ICN-based VANET research opportunities, in terms of security, mobility, routing, naming, caching, and fifth generation (5G) communications, are also covered at the end of the paper.


SDN; VANET; cloud; edge, 5G; information-centric network

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