Cross-Layer Design Vehicle-Aided Handover Scheme in VANETs

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Executive Summary

The requirement for in-vehicle passengers to access Internet multimedia services has risen recently. As a consequence, Vehicle Ad hoc NETwork (VANET) has gained much attention, and is regarded as a promising solution for providing in-vehicle Internet service through inter-vehicle and infrastructure communication. A new developed wireless network technique, termed WiMAX Mobile Multihop Relay (MMR), provides a good communication framework for a VANET formed from vehicles on high-speed freeways. Applying MMR WiMAX allows some public transportation vehicles to act as Relay Vehicles (RVs) to provide Internet access to passenger vehicles. However, the standard handover procedure of mobile or MMR WiMAX suffers long delay due to the lack of information about the next RV.

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