LTE-A Virtual Drive Testing for Vehicular Environments

Michael Charitos, Di Kong, Jue Cao, Denys Berkovskyy, Angelos A. Goulianos, Tom Mizutani, Fai Tila, Geoffrey Hilton, Angela Doufexi, Andrew Nix

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In this paper, a Virtual Drive Testing (VDT) methodology for a MIMO LTE Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) urban scenario is proposed and compared with actual road drive tests. We have developed a unique and generic radio performance analysis process based on 3D ray traced channel models, theoretic or measured antenna patterns, RF channel emulation and hardware-in-the-loop radio measurements. A 3D ray-tracing channel model is used to predict the spatial and temporal multipath ray components of the radio propagation channel between an LTE BS and the vehicle. Measured LTE vehicular antenna patterns were then applied using a spatial and polarimetric convolution process. The resulting channels were streamed into a Keysight PropSim F8 channel emulator, which was programmed to communicate with the multi-channel LTE BSs emulator and a Samsung S5 mobile client performing a handover procedure. The VDT emulation method proposed in this paper is shown to be reliable and repeatable and the accuracy of the emulated throughput agreed well with real measurements for MIMO operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 85th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring 2017)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 4-7 June 2017, Sydney, Australia
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059324
ISBN (Print)9781509059331
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Event85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20177 Jun 2017

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1550-2252


Conference85th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC Spring 2017


  • Emulation
  • Handover
  • LTE
  • MIMO
  • Ray Tracing channel model
  • V2I

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