5G on Board: How Many Antennas Do We Need on Connected Cars?
Paper in proceeding, 2016

Mobile networks will support increasing numbers of connected vehicles. Successive generations of mobile networks have reduced the cost of data rate, in terms of spectrum usage and power consumption at the base station, by increasingly exploiting the concept of channel state information at the transmitter. Unfortunately, beyond a limiting velocity (which depends on the carrier frequency), networks are no longer cost efficient, since such information is not usable. Recently, channel prediction techniques requiring several antennas on the car roof have been introduced to solve this problem. In this paper, for the first time, we determine the most cost efficient configurations, in terms of numbers of antennas on the car roof and carrier frequency, in various scenarios (highway and dense urban). Our studies show that with a simple prediction technique based on predictor antennas, the network can use twice less spectrum and around 20 dB less power, for cars with 3 antennas on their tops than for cars with the same number of antennas and not using prediction.



predictor antenna

connected cars


D.T. Phan-Huy


Mikael Sternad

Uppsala University

Tommy Svensson

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Communication, Antennas and Optical Networks

W. Zirwas


B. Villeforceix


F. Karim


S.-E. El-Ayoubi


2016 IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps), 4-8 Dec. 2016

2166-0069 (ISSN)

978-1-5090-2482-7 (ISBN)

Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for Twenty-twenty (2020) Information Society (METIS)

European Commission (EC) (EC/FP7/317669), 2012-11-01 -- 2015-04-30.

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