Reliable routing for roadside to vehicle communications in rural areas

Shen Wan, Jian Tang, Richard S. Wolff

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35 Scopus citations


The demands for vehicular Internet access are proliferating. Access Points (APs) can be deployed along the roadside to provide wireless coverage and network access for mobile vehicles. However, high mobility may cause frequent link breakages, which will seriously impact Quality of Service (QoS). In this paper, we study reliable routing for Roadside to Vehicle (R2V) communications in rural areas where rough terrain poses additional challenges. We propose a novel routing protocol where the stationary APs play a key role in route maintenance. The protocol includes a prediction algorithm which can predict the lifetimes of wireless links with consideration for terrain effects, as well as routing algorithms which can find stable paths for packet forwarding based on the prediction. Simulation results based on OPNET Modeler and the rural roadways in the Yellowstone National Park show that the proposed protocol substantially outperforms existing ad-hoc routing protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICC 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781424420742
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: May 19 2008May 23 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486


OtherIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008


  • Prediction
  • QoS
  • Roadside to vehicle communication (R2V)
  • Routing
  • Terrain
  • Vehicular ad-hoc network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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