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A Lightweight Privacy-preserving Path Selection Scheme in VANETs

Guojun Wang,
Huijie Yang,


With the rapid development of edge computing, artificial intelligence and other technologies, intelligent transportation services in the vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) such as in-vehicle navigation and distress alert are increasingly being widely used in life. Currently, road navigation is an essential service in the vehicle network. However, when a user employs the road navigation service, his private data maybe exposed to roadside nodes. Meanwhile, when the trusted authorization sends the navigation route data to the user, the user can obtain all the road data. Especially, other unrequested data might be related to the military. Therefore, how to achieve secure and efficient road navigation while protecting privacy is a crucial issue. In this paper, we propose a privacy-preserving path selection protocol that supports a token as the object in the oblivious transfers, which effectively reduces the communication overhead. In addition, a lightweight dual authentication and group key negotiation protocol is provided to support dynamic joining or leaving of group members. Moreover, it can guarantee the security of forward data. After experimental analysis, the proposed protocol has high security and efficiency.


Privacy protection, Oblivious transfers, Group key agreement, VANETs

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Guojun Wang, Huijie Yang, "A Lightweight Privacy-preserving Path Selection Scheme in VANETs," Journal of Internet Technology, vol. 24, no. 4 , pp. 861-870, Jul. 2023.

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