The Process of Information Propagation Along a Traffic Stream Through Intervehicle Communication

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Original languageEnglish
Article number6601642
Pages (from-to)345-354
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
Issue number1
Online published17 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


This paper proposes a model to calculate the average speed of transmission of intervehicle communication (IVC) messages in a general traffic stream on highways in the early stage of deploying distributed traffic information systems (DTIS). The model helps explain the relationship between average IVC message speed and traffic parameters such as equipped vehicle density, traffic flow speed, and traffic direction. Simulation results are used to verify the correctness of the model. This model needs a much shorter calculation time than a simulation. Moreover, the theoretical analysis helps provide more insightful explanations of the phenomenon for IVC performance analysis. The results of this paper would help people better understand the design criteria for DTIS.

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  • Distributed traffic information systems (DTIS), information propagation, intervehicle communication (IVC), probabilistic model

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