Irresponsible Forwarding

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Executive Summary

In a self-organizing traffic information system, vehicles share and distribute the traffic information by rebroadcasting a received information packet to their neighbors. However, it is inefficient to let every vehicle rebroadcast the information packet, since the redundant packets waste the valuable (finite) radio channel bandwidth. Reducing the number of redundant packets, while still ensuring good coverage and reachability, is one of the main objectives in multi-hop broadcasting. Unlike the other existing probability assignment schemes, the authors' scheme also takes the statistical distribution of the vehicles on the road into consideration. Moreover, it will be shown that, for sufficiently large values of the vehicle spatial density, the average number of rebroadcast packets can be regulated by properly tuning a single parameter.

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