Research Area:  Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks
If all vehicles are connected together through a wireless communication channel, vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) can support a wide range of real-time traffic information services, such as intelligent routing, weather monitoring, emergency call, etc. However, the accuracy and credibility of the transmitted messages among the VANETs are of paramount importance as life may depend on it. In this article we introduce a novel framework called blockchain-assisted privacy-preserving authentication system (BPAS) that provides authentication automatically in VANETs and preserves vehicle privacy at the same time. This design is highly efficient and scalable. It does not require any online registration centre (except for system initialization and vehicle registration), and allows conditional tracing and dynamic revocation of misbehaving vehicles. In this article, we conduct an in-depth security analysis and a comprehensive performance evaluation (which is based on the Hyperledger Fabric platform) for our proposed framework. The results demonstrate that our framework is an efficient solution for the development of a decentralized authentication system in VANETs.
Author(s) Name:  Qi Feng; Debiao He; Sherali Zeadally; Kaitai Liang
Journal name:  IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Publisher name:  IEEE
Volume Information:   ( Volume: 16, Issue: 6, June 2020) Page(s): 4146 - 4155
Paper Link:   https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/8873608