Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Tepe, Kemal (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Keywords

Engineering, Automotive.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

From wireless Internet access at cafes to the expanding popularity of smart phones, ubiquitous Internet access has generated much public demand and research. Supplying broadband Internet access for in-vehicle applications is a research area still in its infancy. This thesis examines the strengths and weaknesses of WiMAX and DSRC, two protocols that have been central in much of the research surrounding in-vehicle network access. The thesis then proposes a novel system structure that combines both of these technologies and adds a network access layer in order to provide a system structure that offers high bandwidth, bounded latency and robust support for the high levels of mobility experienced by vehicle-based users. This provides the network support for applications such as streaming audio, video and Voice over IP. The thesis also describes a demonstration system that partly implements the proposed system structure.

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