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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 69-98

Sharing with Caution: Managing Parking Spaces in Vehicular Networks

Thierry Delot,1,3 Sergio Ilarri,2 Sylvain Lecomte,1 and Nicolas Cenerario1

1University Lille North of France, Valenciennes, France
2IIS Department, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
3INRIA Lille Nord Europe, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France

Received 18 January 2013; Accepted 18 January 2013

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By exchanging events in a vehicular ad hoc network (VANET), drivers can receive interesting information while driving. For example, they can be informed of available parking spaces in their vicinity. A suitable protocol is needed to disseminate the events efficiently within the area where they are relevant. Moreover, in such a competitive context where each vehicle may be interested in a resource, it is crucial not to communicate that resource to each driver in the vicinity. Otherwise, those drivers would waste time trying to reach a parking space and only one of them would be fulfilled, which would lead to a poor satisfaction in the system.