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The Next Paradigm Shift: From Vehicular Networks to Vehicular Clouds

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Executive Summary

The past decade has witnessed a growing interest in vehicular networking and its multiple applications. The initial vision that had fueled research in vehicular networking had originated in an altruistic impulse, namely that radio-equipped vehicles can somehow network together and, by exchanging and aggregating individual views, can keep the drivers informed about potential traffic safety risks and can heighten their awareness of road conditions and other traffic-related events. The unmistakable promise of vehicular networking has lead to a rapid converge with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) leading to the emergence of Intelligent Vehicular Networks, expected to revolutionize the way the authors drive by creating a safe, secure, and robust environment that will eventually pervade their highways and city streets.

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