Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical Engineering

School or College

Seaver College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Gustavo Vejarano


Vehicles are more frequently being built with hardware that supports wireless communica- tion capabilities. Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) is a standard that enables the hardware on vehicles to communicate with one another directly rather than through external infrastructure such as a cellular tower. With DSRC supporting small-range communications, multi-hop routing is utilized when a packet needs to reach a long-range destination. A vehicular ad-hoc network (VANET) broadcast protocol (VBP) was developed. This thesis introduces VBP, an open-source framework for simulating multi-hop routing on mobile and wireless vehicular networks. VBP is built for the routing layer of the network simulation tool called network simulator 3 (ns-3) and contains a custom protocol that adapts to various traffic conditions on a roadway. To test VBP we ran six simulations across three traffic levels. Results confirm that VBP successfully routes packets or queues packets when a first or next hop is not available. The development process of VBP is documented to help researchers who are trying to create a custom routing protocol for ns-3.