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This paper proposes a novel protocol for reliable broadcasting of life safety messages in Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs) simulating reactions of car drivers. In case of any dramatic change of speed or moving direction, the vehicle is considered abnormal and hence it transmits an emergency warning message over the control channel of the Dedicated Short-Range Communication Protocol (DSRC). The proposed protocol gives the vehicle in the most dangerous situation the highest priority to transmit the acknowledgement signal. The choice of that vehicle is done locally based on the location, direction, and speed of the receiving vehicle. The superiority of the proposed protocol over existing protocols is highlighted conceptually and with simulations.
Date of Conference: 15-18 Dec. 2007