Delay analysis for a reliable message delivery in sparse vehicular ad hoc networks

Atef Abdrabou, Ben Liang, Weihua Zhuang

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In this paper, we address the relation between message delivery delay and reliability for the communication between a vehicle and a road side unit (RSU). We focus on sparse or low density vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs), where timely message delivery and reliable transmission are of significant importance. We present an exact message delivery delay distribution for a two-lane road, where vehicles in one direction act as message carriers for the ones in the other direction and have the freedom to leave the road from randomly distributed exits with a certain probability. Our analysis offers a tool for an intelligent transportation system (ITS) service provider to determine the minimal separation between two consecutive RSUs for meeting a probabilistic requirement of the message delay. Simulation results show the accuracy of our analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781424456383
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 6 2010Dec 10 2010

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other53rd IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL


  • Delay
  • Disrupted connectivity
  • Road side unit placement
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure
  • Vehicular ad hoc network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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