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161005-1 Report Abstract

Characterizing Information Propagation Through Inter-Vehicle Communication on a Simple Network of Two Parallel Roads

Bruce X. Wang and Kai Yin, Texas A&M University, September 2010, 69 pp. (161005-1)

In this report, we study information propagation via inter-vehicle communication along two parallel roads. By identifying an inherent Bernoulli process, we are able to derive the mean and variance of propagation distance. A road separation distance of times the transmission range distinguishes two cases for approximating the success probability in the Bernoulli process. In addition, our results take the single road as a special case. The numerical test shows that the developed formulas are highly accurate. We also explore the idea of approximating the probability distribution of propagation distance with the Gamma distribution.

Keywords: Network Inter-vehicle Communication, Stochastic Process, Bernoulli Process

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