Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 867–878 | Cite as

The Impact of Cooperative Nodes on the Performance of Vehicular Delay-Tolerant Networks

  • João A. F. F. Dias
  • Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues
  • João N. G. Isento
  • Jianwei Niu


Vehicular communications refer to a wide range of networks proposed for environments characterized by sparse connectivity, frequent network partitioning, intermittent connectivity, long propagation delays, asymmetric data rates, and high error rates. These environments may also be characterized by a potential non-available end-to-end path. To overcome these issues and improve the overall network performance, cooperation between network nodes must be severely considered. Nodes may cooperate by sharing their storage capacity, bandwidth, or even energy resources. However, nodes may be unwilling to cooperate due to a selfish behavior or to an intent to protect the integrity of their own resources. This selfish behavior significantly affects the functionality and performance of the network. This paper overviews the most recent advances related with cooperation on vehicular networks. It also studies the impact of different cooperation levels in the performance of Vehicular Delay-Tolerant Networks (VDTNs). It was shown that scenarios with a higher number of cooperative nodes present the best results in terms of bundle delivery delay.


Vehicular networks Vehicular Ad-Hoc networks Delay-tolerant network Vehicular delay-tolerant network Cooperation Performance evaluation 



This work has been partially supported by the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Next Generation Networks and Applications Group (NetGNA), Portugal, by National Funding from the FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia through the PEst-OE/EEI/LA0008/2013 Project, and by the SFRH/BD/86444/2012 project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • João A. F. F. Dias
    • 1
  • Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues
    • 1
  • João N. G. Isento
    • 1
  • Jianwei Niu
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and EngineeringBeihang UniversityBeijingChina

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