All around the world, Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) are becoming an increasingly popular field of study to help increase safety on the roads and greatly improve traffic management amongst other things. These C-ITS’s provide the user, in this case the driver of a vehicle, with a wide array of information, which can be used by Driver Assistance Systems, as well as making it easier to adapt to traffic conditions that are present on the roads. A major part of C-ITS’s are V2X communication, in our case a dedicated short-range wireless communication between both vehicles and infrastructure elements. However, before V2X solutions can be implemented in practice, it is important to thoroughly test them in a safe environment. For this reason, our goal is to design a simulator where multiple ITS stations can be individually configured and the people testing can actively participate in the simulated virtual environment, verifying the proper behaviour of their V2X solution. This thesis aims to present the implementation of the necessary architecture for such a simulator.
First and foremost, it is important to understand the basics of C-ITS’s. To this end, I will present the C-ITS architecture currently under standardization, as well as the various layers it is comprised of, with a quick look at their structure and function.
Afterwards we will be dealing with the need for simulation environments, mentioning several existing simulators, presenting their advantages and drawbacks. Furthermore, we will take a look at why our simulator is different and what benefits it can provide compared to other similar systems. Finally, I will present the design and implementation of our simulators architecture.
Last but not least a brief summary detailing the possibilities of further development.