Effect of fog and rain on the performance of vehicular visible light communications

Mohammed Elamassie, Mehdi Karbalayghareh, Farshad Miramirkhani, Refik Caglar Kizilirmak, Murat Uysal

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In Intelligent Transportation Systems, visible light communication (VLC) has emerged as a powerful candidate to enable wireless connectivity in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to- infrastructure (V2I) links. While VLC has been studied intensively in the context of indoor communications, its application to vehicular networking is relatively new. In this paper, we carry out a comprehensive channel modeling study to quantify the effect of rain and fog on a V2V link with a high-beam headlamp acting as the transmitter. Taking advantage of advanced ray tracing features, we first develop a path loss model for V2V link as a function of distance under different weather conditions. Then, we use this expression to determine the maximum achievable distance to ensure a given bit error rate. We further investigate the deployment of relay- assisted systems to extend transmission ranges. Extensive numerical results are presented to corroborate our findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 87th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538663554
StatePublished - Jul 20 2018
Event87th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2018 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: Jun 3 2018Jun 6 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Conference87th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2018


  • Visible light communications
  • ray tracing
  • vehicular communications.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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