Tobias Hardes, Clemens Boos and Christoph Sommer, "Towards opportunistic UAV relaying for smart cities," Proceedings of International Conference on Networked Systems (NetSys 2021), September 2021.


With recent advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) domain, UnmannedAerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be expected to be operated in large numbers and becomea part of daily life for a variety of use cases. For example, UAVs are already envi-sioned to act as mobile base stations, e.g., for situations with high node densitiesand strong communication requirements. However, UAVs are typically imagined tobe provided specifically for this purpose. In this work, we investigate the effects ofexploiting randomly passing UAVs at an urban intersection for the communicationbetween vehicles on the ground. In more detail, we show that a UAV, while stillfollowing its primary mission, can easily support cooperative driving vehicles bycollecting periodic wireless broadcasts from vehicles and propagating all collectedinformation periodically in an aggregated format. Using simulations, we show thatsuch an opportunistic UAV relaying approach can lead to an improvement of approx.7 % in terms of perception of other vehicles.

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  author = {Hardes, Tobias and Boos, Clemens and Sommer, Christoph},
  title = {{Towards opportunistic UAV relaying for smart cities}},
  booktitle = {International Conference on Networked Systems (NetSys 2021)},
  doi = {10.14279/tuj.eceasst.80.1126},
  month = {September},
  year = {2021},

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