On the Effectiveness of an Opportunistic Traffic Management System for Vehicular Networks
Road congestion results in a huge waste of time and productivity for millions of people. A possible way to deal with this problem is to have transportation authorities distribute traffic information to drivers, which in turn can decide (or be aided by a navigator) to route around congested areas. Such traffic information can be gathered by relying on static sensors placed at specific road locations (e.g., induction loops, video cameras) or by having single vehicles report their location, speed and travel time. While the former approach has been widely exploited, the latter has seen birth only more recently, and, consequently, its potential is less understood.