Physical layer implementation of standard compliant vehicular VLC

Bugra Turan, Omer Narmanlioglu, Sinem Coleri Ergen, Murat Uysal

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Visible light communication (VLC) has recently gained popularity as a complementary technology to radio frequency (RF) based alternatives for vehicular communications as a low-cost, secure and RF interference free technology. In this paper, we propose IEEE 802.15.7 standard-compliant physical layer (PHY) implementation and experimental evaluation, using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) automotive light emitting diode (LED) fog light for the purpose of low-latency safety message dissemination. We first show that the standard is applicable to line of sight (LoS) vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) VLC. We then demonstrate that the proper selection of modulation coding schemes (MCS) plays an important role in order to minimize bit-error-rate (BER) for the reliable transmission with varying inter-vehicle distances. We also addressed the angular limitations of COTS automotive LED light for viable vehicular VLC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 84th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017010
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016
Event84th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2016 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Sep 18 2016Sep 21 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Other84th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Fall 2016


  • Vehicular communication
  • Visible light communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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