Veins 1.0 – Vehicles in Network Simulation



Realistic simulation of Inter-Vehicle Communication (IVC) protocols is one of the main challenges in the Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET) research domain. In the scope of this project, we investigate the need for bidirectional coupling of network and road traffic simulation for more realistic simulation experiments. Incident detection, e.g. traffic jam and accident detection, for optimized route planning, as well as future safety applications, e.g. enhanced lane and distance control, are the dominant drivers for the development of adequate IVC protocols.
We developed a special simulation framework that provides coupled network and road traffic simulation using well-established simulators from both communities. In particular, we employ OMNeT++, a simulation environment free for academic use, to model realistic communication patterns of VANET nodes. Traffic simulation is performed by the microscopic road traffic simulation package SUMO.
Both domains‘ models are bi-directionally coupled and simulations performed on-line. This way, not only the influence of road traffic on network traffic can be modeled, but also vice versa. In particular, the influences of IVC on road traffic can be modeled and complex interactions between both domains examined.


    2007-06-01 – 2009-12-31


  • Dr.-Ing. David Eckhoff
  • PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Falko Dressler
  • Dipl.-Inf. Christoph Sommer


  • BMBF Project SIM-TD
  • BMBF Project CoCar
  • Audi AG
  1. Christoph Sommer, Reinhard German und Falko Dressler, „Bidirectionally Coupled Network and Road Traffic Simulation for Improved IVC Analysis,“ in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing Bd. 10 (1), pp. 3-15., 2011  
  2. Christoph Sommer, Armin Schmidt, Reinhard German, Wolfgang Koch und Falko Dressler, „Simulative Evaluation of a UMTS-based Car-to-Infrastructure Traffic Information System,“ Proc. of IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, 3rd IEEE Workshop on Automotive Networking and Applications, New Orleans, LA, Dezember 2008
  3. Falko Dressler, Tobias Gansen, Christoph Sommer und Lars Wischof, „Requirements and Objectives for Secure Traffic Information Systems,“ Proc. of 5th IEEE Intern. Conf. on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems : Intern. Workshop on Wireless and Sensor Networks Security, Atlanta, GA, USA, pp. 808-814, September 2008
  4. Christoph Sommer, Isabel Dietrich, Falko Dressler, Winfried Dulz und Reinhard German, „A Tool Chain for UML-based Modeling and Simulation of VANET Scenarios with Realistic Mobility Models,“ Proc. of 9th ACM Intern. Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, Hong Kong, China, Mai 2008
  5. Christoph Sommer, Zheng Yao, Reinhard German und Falko Dressler, „On the Need for Bidirectional Coupling of Road Traffic Microsimulation and Network Simulation,“ Proc. of 9th ACM Intern. Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, 1st ACM International Workshop on Mobility Models for Networking Research, Hong Kong, Cina, pp. 41-48, Mai 2008  
  6. Christoph Sommer, Zheng Yao, Reinhard German und Falko Dressler, „Simulating the Influence of IVC on Road Traffic using Bidirectionally Coupled Simulators,“ Proc. of 27th IEEE Conf. on Computer Communications : Mobile Networking for Vehicular Environments, Phoenix, AZ, USA, April 2008
  7. Christoph Sommer und Falko Dressler, „Progressing Towards Realistic Mobility Models in VANET Simulations,“ in IEEE Communications Magazine Bd. 46 (11), pp. 132-137, 2008
  8. Christoph Sommer, Isabel Dietrich und Falko Dressler, „Realistic Simulation of Network Protocols in VANET Scenarios,“ Proc. 26th Annual IEEE Conf. on Computer Communications, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, pp. ., Mai 2007