Date Added: May 2010
Vehicular networks are a class of mobile networks in which vehicles are equipped with radio interfaces and are therefore able to communicate with an infrastructure (if existing) or other vehicles in an opportunistic way. Information dissemination enjoys wide applicability in these types of networks, ranging from traffic information and warnings, to parking availability, fuel prices, road conditions, and advertisements. Hence, the authors propose an efficient dissemination protocol: ROD (Road Oriented Dissemination) that consists in two modules: Optimized Distance Defer Transfer module, Store and Forward module. This protocol permits to increase the delivery ratio and optimize the bandwidth use by limiting the number of vehicles having to relay each packet.