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Convoy driving through ad-hoc coalition formation

Majid Ali Khan and Ladislau Boloni

Presented at IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2005), San Francisco, California, March 7 - 10, 2005


Our paper describes a distributed coalition formation mechanism and an implementation of convoy driving device (CDD). We have used MICA2 motes for this purpose. These motes can be integrated within vehicle navigation system to assist the driver in forming convoys. We have also provided simulation results for varying traffic conditions and how our algorithms behave under these conditions.

Following is the abstract:

Convoy driving on public highways is a useful phenomena which increases the safety and the throughput of the highway. We present an approach through which a wireless Convoy Driving Device assists the driver in the task of deciding to join or leave a convoy, influencing the speed and formation of the convoy. Our approach handles complex situations like the merging and splitting of convoys, and it offers valuable lessons with applications for other cases of teamwork of mobile entities.

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