A position-based clustering technique for Ad Hoc intervehicle communication

Zhigang Wang, Lichuan Liu, Meng Chu Zhou, Nirwan Ansari

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Intervehicle communication is a key technique of intelligent transport systems. Recently, ad hoc networking in the vehicular environment was investigated intensively. This paper proposes a new clustering technique for large multihop vehicular ad hoc networks. The cluster structure is determined by the geographic position of nodes and the priorities associated with the vehicle traffic information. Each cluster elects one node as its cluster head. The cluster size is controlled by a predefined maximum distance between a cluster head and its members. Clusters are independently controlled and dynamically reconfigured as nodes move. This paper presents the stability of the proposed cluster structure, and communication overhead for maintaining the structure and connectivity in an application context. The simulation is performed with comparative studies using CORSIM and NS-2 simulators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part C: Applications and Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Ad hoc wireless network
  • Cluster
  • Intelligent transportation
  • Sensor network
  • Vehicular network


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