Project Overview

VANET, short for Vehicle Ad-hoc Network, is an adaptation of Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET) for use in moving vehicles. The intention is to create a mobile network in order to communicate safety information, such as positional data to avoid crashes, or environmental data to warn drivers of adverse conditions.

One potential difficulty is ensuring that messages are not fraudulent. Most proposed methods of ensuring the legitimacy of messages involves asymmetric key encryption to prevent impersonation. This authentication prevents anyone from pretending to be another vehicle, but introduces the problem of ensuring privacy amongst drivers.

Our project investigates some of the proposed solutions to the privacy issue, and gathers metrics regarding how these solutions will succeed in producing anonymity, as well as gather performance data for the resulting communications.