On the Urban Connectivity of Vehicular Sensor Networks

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Abstract

Aiming at a realistic mobile connectivity model for vehicular sensor networks in urban environments, we propose the combination of large-scale traffic simulation and computational tools to characterize fundamental graph-theoretic parameters. To illustrate the proposed approach, we use the DIVERT simulation framework to illuminate the temporal evolution of the average node degree in this class of networks and provide an algorithm for computing the transitive connectivity profile that ultimately determines the flow of information in a vehicular sensor network.