VADD: Vehicle-assisted data delivery in vehicular Ad hoc networks

Jing Zhao, Guohong Cao

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Multihop data delivery through vehicular ad hoc networks is complicated by the fact that vehicular networks are highly mobile and frequently disconnected. To address this issue, we adopt the idea of carry and forward, where a moving vehicle carries a packet until a new vehicle moves into its vicinity and forwards the packet. Being different from existing carry and forward solutions, we make use of predictable vehicle mobility, which is limited by traffic pattern and road layout. Based on the existing traffic pattern, a vehicle can find the next road to forward the packet to reduce the delay. We propose several vehicle-assisted data delivery (VADD) protocols to forward the packet to the best road with the lowest data-delivery delay. Experimental results show that the proposed VADD protocols outperform existing solutions in terms of packet-delivery ratio, data packet delay, and protocol overhead. Among the proposed VADD protocols, the Hybrid Probe (H-VADD) protocol has a much better performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1910-1922
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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