Rapid Generation of Realistic Simulation for VANET

Current software version: 2.91

Last updated : 1 July 2012


Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network (VANET) communication has recently become an increasingly popular research topic in the area of wireless networking as well as the automotive industries. The goal of VANET research is to develop a vehicular communication system to enable quick and cost-efficient distribution of data for the benefit of passengers' safety and comfort.

While it is crucial to test and evaluate protocol implementations in a real world environment, simulations are still commonly used as a first step in the protocol development for VANET research. Several communication networking simulation tools already exist to provide a platform to test and evaluate network protocols, such ns-2, OPNET and Qualnet. However, these tool are designed to provide generic simulation scenarios without being particularly tailored for applications in the transportation environment. On the other hand, in the transportation arena, simulations have also played an important role. A variety of simulation tools such as PARAMICS, CORSIM and VISSIM etc have been developed to analyze transportation scenarios at the micro- and macro-scale levels. However, there was little effort in integrating communication techniques and scenarios in a realistic transportation simulation environment.

One of the most important parameters in simulating ad-hoc networks is the node mobility. It is important to use a realistic mobility model so that results from the simulation correctly reflect the real-world performance of a VANET. For example, a vehicle node is typically constrained to streets which are separated by building, trees or other objects. Such obstructions often increase the average distance between nodes as compared to an open-field environment. Many prior studies have shown that a realistic mobil ity model with sufficient level of details is critical for accurate network simulation results.

In this work, we develop a tool MOVE (MObility model generator for VEhicular networks) to facilitate users to rapidly generate realistic mobility models for VANET simulations. Our tool MOVE is built on top of an open source micro-traffic simulator SUMO The output of MOVE is a mobility trace file that contains information of realistic vehicle movements which can be immediately used by popular simulation tools such as ns-2 or qualnet. In addition, MOVE provides a set of Graphical User Interfaces that allows the user to quickly generate realistic simulation scenarios without the hassle of writing simulation scripts as well as learning about the internal details of the simulator.

Move Menu

This is still an ongoing project and future additions will be implemented to support more features.

Software Downloads

To use this software, you will need the following softwares installed on your computer:

- Java SDK 1.6 or later - http://java.sun.com

- SUMO 0.12.3 - http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/sumo/index.php?title=Main_Page

- NS-2 - http://www.isi.edu/nsnam/ns/

- Qualnet 4.0 http://www.qualnet.com

Please refer to each software's documentation for details on building or installation of the software.

If you do not use Qualnet or NS-2, you can choose not to download them.

Project Source Codes:

JAR download here
source codes download here
Current version: 2.91 (only support SUMO 0.12.3 version)
PS: We recommend using under command when you build a large road topology.
“Java -Xmx512m -jar MOVE.jar”

see the MOVE change log. FAQ

Some map examples can be downloaded here.

You can download TraCI package (i.e. ns2 TraCI patch and example) here.

Tiger Map (.dat type, this file had got from Amit Kumar Saha) here.

Map Converter here

Due to the large amount of input parameters on some of the editors, it is recommended that you are using native resolution of 1280×1024.

Note: The source codes are built in Java programming language. The layout are constructed using Java Swing and Netbeans are used for the gridbag layout's guide. The software may take a lot of resources of your computer on large simulations.


Example for step by step here.
Example for step by step (Chinese version) here. (Persian version by Omid Mohajerani) here.
Rapid Generation of Realistic Mobility Models for VANET, Feliz Kristianto Karnadi, Zhi Hai Mo, Kun-chan Lan. Appeared in ACM MOBICOMM 2005 poster session
Rapid Generation of Realistic Mobility Models for VANET, Feliz Kristianto Karnadi, Zhi Hai Mo, Kun-chan Lan. Appeared in IEEE WCNC 2007


Chien-Ming Chou - jensen0915 [at] gmail.com