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Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) technology in the world of today and tomorrow
Olga Weis Olga Weis Last updated Oct 12, 2022

Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) technology in the world of today and tomorrow

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that rapidly evolving technologies significantly change people’s daily routines by providing the exciting possibility of connecting virtually any device or machine to the network. Today, it’s no problem to establish effective communication with a remote vehicle over the internet. What makes this happen is something known as vehicle-to-network (V2N) technology. Read on to learn what is meant by V2N and what great benefits it offers to road users.

What is Vehicle-to-Network technology?

Following recent tendencies in the automotive industry, the communication between critical car components as well as a vehicle and its management system rely less on manual intervention and more on network-based V2N technologies.

Today’s highly reliable network infrastructures allow cars to get important information like notifications about road accidents or warnings about traffic jams from the management system working over the internet. This means faster and safer journeys and more autonomous driving.

With the use of V2N technology and cellular networks, vehicles become capable of exchanging data with V2X (vehicle-to-everything) control systems. This technology gives you the answers to the questions of how to remove a vehicle from the network fleet, how to change the vehicle name in the network fleet, how to design vehicle routing problems for a logistic network, how to deregister a vehicle in the network fleet, and many more.

V2N data transfer channels give you a way to interact with cars like they were “devices” such as an iPhone or a tablet.

Here are just some of the possibilities that the V2N technology provides:
  • Communications with the road infrastructure in order to accept broadcast messages about road conditions.

  • Communications with other cars with the use of cellular networks and DSRC.

  • Communications with cloud infrastructures and devices connected to the cloud.

  • Communications between the vehicle and the pedestrian, etc.
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When it’s beneficial to rely on V2N

The adoption of V2N technology brings a host of benefits and these are the major ones:

  • 1.
    Hassle-free implementation. The implementation of vehicle-to-network communication solutions is not a challenging task as the physical infrastructure that is required (cell towers with LTE support and 5G infrastructure) already exists in almost all modern-day cities.
  • 2.
    Traffic control and coordination. By receiving data in real time and sharing it over the network, Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) ensures the safe and smooth movement of traffic. With the creation of a single network that allows easy data exchange between all connected cars, it’s easy to collect and share useful information about traffic conditions (e.g. the approach of an ambulance, traffic jam, or natural disasters).
  • 3.
    Improved journey planning. With V2N technology, it’s simple for self-driving cars to select optimal routes after getting information about nearby vehicles and objects and project future road conditions given the route plans made for other cars.
  • 4.
    Infrastructure optimization. Stored on the cloud servers, large volumes of data may serve for road infrastructure development and improvement. When it comes to the optimized length of traffic lights or recommended speed limits that depend on current weather conditions, the analyzed panel data is a big help.
  • 5.
    Fast network communications. As long as V2N technology relies heavily on the 5G and 5G NR protocols, it allows high-speed interactions between the vehicle and networked devices like smartphones or tablets. This means greater safety for pedestrians and autonomous driving.

The role of V2N technology in people's daily lives

In a nutshell, Vehicle-to-Network technology is designed to simplify data exchange between cars, buses, pedestrians’ devices, traffic lights, and any other road objects connected to a single V2N network. The primary mission is to provide the greatest possible road safety.

To achieve this, vehicles are integrated with dedicated (often cloud-based) data centers. With stable access to the network, a vehicle can get the most accurate real-time traffic alerts and updates.

The technology also enables communications from vehicle to vehicle, which means the driver of one car can receive information about the speed and position of another car directly from the latter. This results in fewer collisions as many potential accidents are avoided thanks to useful vehicle-to-vehicle technologies known as left turn assist (LTA) and intersection movement assist (IMA).

Another effective way to reduce the number of accidents on the road is to set up a connection between the vehicle and the road infrastructure objects, for instance, traffic lights. The lights may be changed once a vehicle is detected by some sensor installed on the pavement.

Here are some examples of useful data that vehicles can get via the V2N network:
  • Warnings about approaching a red traffic light;

  • Alerts about pedestrians that are going to walk across and have pressed pedestrian buttons;

  • Alerts of an approaching firetruck, ambulance, or police car.

  • Traffic signal countdown, etc.

Frequently asked questions

A connected car is a car that is capable of accessing the internet via an embedded system (using a built-in antenna and a chipset) or a tethered system (using specialized hardware to communicate with the driver’s smartphone).

Thanks to car connectivity solutions, it becomes possible to download data useful for the driver and share car data with internal and external devices.
There are seven widely applied technologies that allow car communications with the outside world:
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Infrastructure
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Vehicle
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Cloud
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Pedestrian
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Device
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Network
  • ➔ Vehicle-to-Grid
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes a multitude of networked devices that can exchange data with each other and with smart systems across the internet or other communication networks. Being connected to the network, a vehicle is considered “an IoT device”. Thus you can control this IoT device over a network.
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