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Vehicular Edge Computing and Networking: A Survey


As one key enabler of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET) has received remarkable interest from academia and industry. The emerging vehicular applications and the exponential growing data have naturally led to the increased needs of communication, computation and storage resources, and also to strict performance requirements on response time and network bandwidth. In order to deal with these challenges, Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is regarded as a promising solution. MEC pushes powerful computational and storage capacities from the remote cloud to the edge of networks in close proximity of vehicular users, which enables low latency and reduced bandwidth consumption. Driven by the benefits of MEC, many efforts have been devoted to integrating vehicular networks into MEC, thereby forming a novel paradigm named as Vehicular Edge Computing (VEC). In this paper, we provide a comprehensive survey of state-of-art research on VEC. First of all, we provide an overview of VEC, including the introduction, architecture, key enablers, advantages, challenges as well as several attractive application scenarios. Then, we describe several typical research topics where VEC is applied. After that, we present a careful literature review on existing research work in VEC by classification. Finally, we identify open research issues and discuss future research directions.

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A section of acknowledgement needs to be added, which should include the following contents: This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China(2018YFE0126000), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61571338, 61672131,61901367), the key research and development plan of Shaanxi province(2017ZDCXL-GY-05-01, 2020JQ-844), the key laboratory of industrial internet of things & networked control, Ministry of Education, the key laboratory of embedded system and service computing (Tongji University)(ESSCKF2019-05), Ministry of Education, and the Xi’an Key Laboratory of Mobile Edge Computing and Security (201805052-ZD3CG36).

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Liu, L., Chen, C., Pei, Q. et al. Vehicular Edge Computing and Networking: A Survey. Mobile Netw Appl 26, 1145–1168 (2021).

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  • Mobile edge computing
  • Vehicular edge computing
  • Computation offloading
  • Caching