Block-VN: A distributed blockchain based vehicular network architecture in smart city

Pradip Kumar Sharma, Seo Yeon Moon, Jong Hyuk Park*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In recent decades, the ad hoc network for vehicles has been a core network technology to provide comfort and security to drivers in vehicle environments. However, emerging applications and services require major changes in underlying network models and computing that require new road network planning. Meanwhile, blockchain widely known as one of the disruptive technologies has emerged in recent years, is experiencing rapid development and has the potential to revolutionize intelligent transport systems. Blockchain can be used to build an intelligent, secure, distributed and autonomous transport system. It allows better utilization of the infrastructure and resources of intelligent transport systems, particularly effective for crowdsourcing technology. In this paper, we proposes a vehicle network architecture based on blockchain in the smart city (Block-VN). Block-VN is a reliable and secure architecture that operates in a distributed way to build the new distributed transport management system. We are considering a new network system of vehicles, Block-VN, above them. In addition, we examine how the network of vehicles evolves with paradigms focused on networking and vehicular information. Finally, we discuss service scenarios and design principles for Block-VN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-195
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Information Processing Systems
Issue number1
Early online date4 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


  • Blockchain
  • Internet of things
  • Security
  • Vehicular network


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