Date Added: May 2012
Data downloading on the fly is the base of commercial data services in vehicular networks, such as office-on-wheels and entertainment-on-wheels. Due to the sparse special distribution of roadside Base Stations (BS) along the road, downloading through Roadside-To-Vehicle (R2V) connections is intermittent. When multiple vehicles with geographical proximity have a common interest in certain objects to download, they can collaborate to significantly reduce their overall download time. In this paper, the authors investigate the application of Network Coding (NC) in Collaborative Downloading (CD).