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Vehicular Ad hoc NETworks (VANETs) are envisaged to become a flexible platform for monitoring road traffic, which will gradually replace more cumbersome fixed sensor deployments. The efficacy of vehicle-assisted traffic monitoring systems depends on the freshness of traffic data that they can deliver to users, and the bandwidth used to do so. Clearly, high data freshness will allow users to estimate trip times accurately, and to select the fastest route to a destination. Low bandwidth utilization will allow the traffic monitoring application to coexist symbiotically with a wide variety of vehicle-based applications, ranging from road safety to advertising and entertainment.
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