"Sensors for Transportation Systems", Special Issue


The availability of different affordable sensors, together with the control over these elements that have been enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), is triggering the development of applications in many sectors, and transportation is undoubtedly one of them. The sensing and networking abilities of IoT nodes are key features to promoting smart, efficient, safe, and scalable solutions for high-quality services, as these enable communication, information processing, and control across transportation systems, allowing for dynamic real-time decisions to be taken.

Sensors can be placed inside transportation systems (e.g, PIRs to detect overcrowding of vehicles) and/or built into highways and surface streets (e.g., impact sensors) to help detect accidents, the number of cars in each lane, etc. Such systems allow not only drivers to adapt operations in order to increase safety, but also for routes, fleets, and schedules to be dynamically adapted in order to improve the quality of service experienced by users (both drivers and customers) and reduce costs. These systems may require data transmission between vehicles (V2V) or between vehicles and roadside access points (V2R).

The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together innovative developments in areas related to sensors development and sensor-based decision making applied to transportation systems. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sensors for information acquisition
  • Sensing infrastructure planning
  • Sensor-based monitoring and decision making
  • Modeling and analysis of sensor-based transportation systems
  • Remote sensing and real-time tracking
  • Smart roads and road monitoring
  • Connectivity and support (e.g., 5G, NFV, SDN, ...)
  • Contextualization and geo-awareness
  • Vehicle routing and traffic management
  • Crowd sensing
  • Sensor information analysis
  • Security, privacy, and safety
  • Smart and shared mobility
  • Applications of sensor technologies to transportation

Prof. Noelia Correia
Dr. Jonathan Rodriguez
Dr. Tomás Mateo
Guest Editors