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This brief presents a unified analytical framework for the evaluation of drive-thru Internet performance and accordingly proposes an optimal spatial access control management approach. A comprehensive overview and in-depth discussion of the research literature is included. It summarizes the main concepts and methods, and highlights future research directions. The brief also introduces a novel cooperative vehicular communication framework together with a delicate linear cluster formation scheme and low-delay content forwarding approach to provide a flexible and efficient vehicular content distribution in the drive-thru Internet. The presented medium access control and vehicular content distribution related research results in this brief provide useful insights for the design approach of Wi-Fi enabled vehicular communications and it motivates a new line of thinking for the performance enhancements of future vehicular networking. Advanced-level students, researchers and professionals interested in vehicular networks or coordinated network sharing will find Cooperative Vehicular Communications in the Drive-thru Internet a valuable reference.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract
The advance of wireless communications and pervasive use of mobile electronics in the recent years have driven the ever-increasing user demands, especially the bandwidth-hungry wireless demands, for the ubiquitous Internet access. This is particularly evident for in-vehicle Internet access with people now spending much their time in cars. By deploying a multitude of wireless gateway points along the roadside, namely roadside units (RSUs), the vehicles are possible to acquire temporary and opportunistic wireless connections to the Internet when driving through the coverage of RSUs, and accordingly enjoy the limited Internet services. Such a fundamental vehicular communication framework is referred to as the Drive-thru Internet. In this monograph, the RSU is also referred to as access point (AP). Therefore, we use RSU and AP interchangeably throughout the monograph. Compared with the Internet access services via ubiquitous connected cellular networks, Drive-thru Internet can form cost-effective, high-quality, and flexible vehicular communication networking by utilizing the technically matured Wi-Fi technology and widely deployed wireless local area networks (WLANs) communication infrastructure. The remainder of this chapter is organized as follows. Section 1.1 introduces the research background. Section 1.2 describes the basic concepts. Sections 1.3 and 1.4 discuss the challenges and contributions, respectively. Section 1.5 introduces the outline of this monograph.
Haibo Zhou, Lin Gui, Quan Yu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Chapter 2. Overview of Vehicular Communications in Drive-thru Internet

Abstract
Drive-thru Internet can provide vehicles intermittent wireless connections to the Internet when driving through the coverage areas of RSUs, and accordingly enjoy the Internet services [1]. To well study the Drive-thru Internet communication framework and the related vehicular services applications on it, this chapter provides the overviews of the vehicular communications in Drive-thru Internet in terms of the characteristics of Drive-thru Internet, medium access control, and vehicular content distribution approaches. The remainder of this chapter is organized as follows. Section 2.1 studies the Drive-thru Internet characteristics and related research issues. Section 2.2 introduces the vehicular access control related literature in Drive-thru Internet. Section 2.3 surveys the vehicular content distribution related literature in Drive-thru Internet.
Haibo Zhou, Lin Gui, Quan Yu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Chapter 3. Spatial Coordinated Medium Sharing in the Drive-thru Internet

Abstract
The advance of wireless communications and pervasive use of mobile electronics in the recent years have driven the ever-increasing user demands of ubiquitous Internet access [1]. This is particularly evident for in-vehicle Internet access with people now spending much their time in cars [2]. As a result, an extensive body of research has been devoted to enabling vehicular communications with diverse applications ranging from the road safety, trip entertainment to driving efficiency and traffic management [3, 4].
Haibo Zhou, Lin Gui, Quan Yu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Chapter 4. Cooperative Vehicular Content Distribution in the Drive-thru Internet

Abstract
Internet and vehicle now representing two most prominent elements of our modern lives, providing in-vehicle Internet access to road travelers has become ever more important [1, 2]. In this chapter, we develop a cooperative Drive-thru Internet framework for large-volume data distribution to vehicles in the highway environment. In specific, note that in the highway scenario, vehicles typically move along a linear topology and drive through the RSU consecutively. We thus propose to form vehicles into a chain cluster so that the cluster members would drive through the RSU consecutively in a sequential order.
Haibo Zhou, Lin Gui, Quan Yu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

Chapter 5. Conclusion and Future Research Directions

Abstract
In this chapter, we summarize the main concepts and results presented in this monograph and highlight future research directions. The remainder of this chapter is organized as follows. Section 5.1 presents the concluding remarks. Section 5.2 introduces the potential future works.
Haibo Zhou, Lin Gui, Quan Yu, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
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