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Open Access Research Article

Reducing Congestion in Obstructed Highways with Traffic Data Dissemination Using Ad hoc Vehicular Networks

ThomasD Hewer12*, Maziar Nekovee13 and PeterV Coveney2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Computer Science, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

2 Centre for Computational Science, UCL, 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ, UK

3 Mobility Research Group, BT Research, Polaris 134, Adastral Park, Martlesham IP5 3RE, UK

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing 2010, 2010:169503  doi:10.1155/2010/169503

Published: 25 July 2010

Abstract

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications can be used effectively for intelligent transport systems (ITSs) and location-aware services. The ability to disseminate information in an ad hoc fashion allows pertinent information to propagate faster through a network. In the realm of ITS, the ability to spread warning information faster and further is of great advantage to receivers. In this paper we propose and present a message-dissemination procedure that uses vehicular wireless protocols to influence vehicular flow, reducing congestion in road networks. The computational experiments we present show how a car-following model and lane-change algorithm can be adapted to "react" to the reception of information. This model also illustrates the advantages of coupling together with vehicular flow modelling tools and network simulation tools.