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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2016, Article ID 7489873, 9 pages
Research Article

A Data Age Dependent Broadcast Forwarding Algorithm for Reliable Platooning Applications

1Qamcom Research and Technology AB and Halmstad University, Falkenbergsgatan 3, 412 85 Gothenburg, Sweden
2School of Information Technology (ITE), Halmstad University, P.O. Box 823, 301 18 Halmstad, Sweden
3SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Brinellgatan 4, 501 15 Borås, Sweden

Received 23 October 2015; Revised 20 March 2016; Accepted 5 April 2016

Academic Editor: José Santa

Copyright © 2016 Marcus Larsson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We propose a broadcast message forwarding algorithm for V2V communication in a platooning scenario for heavy duty trucks. The algorithm utilizes link information, which is piggybacked on the original data packet, to estimate which nodes are best suited to forward the packet. The aim is to reach all nodes in the platoon with as few forward messages as possible in order to avoid channel congestion. The algorithm is evaluated by simulation using real world V2V measurement data as input. We show that the algorithm performs almost as good as two ETSI standardized forwarding algorithms with respect to keeping the data age for the entire platoon at a low level. But when it comes to keeping the message intensity low, our algorithm outperforms the better of the ETSI algorithms by 35%.