Comparative Study of Connected Vehicle Simulators

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Contemporary studies of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) use simulations of vehicular and communications traffic, due to the ethical and practical infeasibility of conducting experiments on real transportation networks. Different simulators have been developed for modeling real-time vehicular mobility and inter-vehicular communication under varying traffic and roadway conditions. While most model the effect of mobility on communications, only a few simulate the impact of inter-vehicular communication on vehicular mobility. None, moreover, are implemented as parallel or distributed frameworks: an essential requirement for the study of ITS applications in large-scale urban environments. As a starting point for developing such a framework, one contemporary simulator, VNetInetSim, was tested to determine its behavior under large loads. Testing determined that VNetInetSim's memory usage and execution time increase exponentially in the number of simulated vehicles while remaining relatively constant under increased communication traffic.