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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6240984, 6 pages
Research Article

A Study on Vehicle Connectivity for VANETs Adopting Beamforming Antenna Array

1Key Laboratory of Specialty Fiber Optics and Optical Access Networks, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072, China
2School of Electronic and Information, Shanghai Dianji University, Shanghai 201306, China
3College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Liu Yang

Received 27 September 2016; Revised 7 March 2017; Accepted 27 March 2017; Published 6 April 2017

Academic Editor: M. Chadli

Copyright © 2017 Liu Yang 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.


An analytical mobility model based on Erlang distribution is introduced to portray sparse and dense traffic scenarios in the distributions of time headway. Upon the mobility model, the connectivity probability is then derived in two-way highway when adopting store-forward strategy. Moreover, path losses with and without beamforming antenna array are compared to further study the connectivity under different traffic density scenarios. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of beamforming technology in Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs) is investigated and concluded through analytical study and simulations.