Vehicle Ad Hoc Network (VANET): Safety Benefits and Security Challenges

13 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2013 Last revised: 28 Jan 2013

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Patrick Offor

Nova Southeastern University; City University of Seattle

Date Written: December 3, 2012


The promise of safe driving, intelligent traffic system, early warning signals for motorists that could minimize road mishaps, increase road conditions advisement, and provision of better in-transit communication, inter-vehicle communication, and road-vehicle communication are some of the hallmark of vehicle ad hoc network (VANET). Conversely, the network’s challenges lie on its capacity for information system confidentiality (the prevention of unauthorized disclosure), integrity (the prevention of the unauthorized modification), availability (the prevention of unauthorized suppression of data or resources), stable communication in the presence of highly mobile nodes, and privacy concerns. This paper explored the network’s characteristics, architecture, application, communication patterns, security concerns, as well as identification of current development direction of the technology.

Keywords: Vehicle ad Hoc Network, VANET, in-transit communication, inter-vehicle communication, road-vehicle communication, VANET Behavior, Information Security

Suggested Citation

Offor, Patrick, Vehicle Ad Hoc Network (VANET): Safety Benefits and Security Challenges (December 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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City University of Seattle ( email )

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