Analyzing Vehicle Fuel Saving Opportunities through Intelligent Driver Feedback

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Driving style changes, e.g., improving driver efficiency and motivating driver behavior changes, could deliver significant petroleum savings. This project examines eliminating stop-and-go driving and unnecessary idling, and also adjusting acceleration rates and cruising speeds to ideal levels to quantify fuel savings. Such extreme adjustments can result in dramatic fuel savings of over 30%, but would in reality only be achievable through automated control of vehicles and traffic flow. In real-world driving, efficient driving behaviors could reduce fuel use by 20% on aggressively driven cycles and by 5-10% on more moderately driven trips. A literature survey was conducted of driver behavior ... continued below

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Gonder, J.; Earleywine, M. & Sparks, W. June 1, 2012.

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Driving style changes, e.g., improving driver efficiency and motivating driver behavior changes, could deliver significant petroleum savings. This project examines eliminating stop-and-go driving and unnecessary idling, and also adjusting acceleration rates and cruising speeds to ideal levels to quantify fuel savings. Such extreme adjustments can result in dramatic fuel savings of over 30%, but would in reality only be achievable through automated control of vehicles and traffic flow. In real-world driving, efficient driving behaviors could reduce fuel use by 20% on aggressively driven cycles and by 5-10% on more moderately driven trips. A literature survey was conducted of driver behavior influences, and pertinent factors from on-road experiments with different driving styles were observed. This effort highlighted important driver influences such as surrounding vehicle behavior, anxiety over trying to get somewhere quickly, and the power/torque available from the vehicle. Existing feedback approaches often deliver efficiency information and instruction. Three recommendations for maximizing fuel savings from potential drive cycle improvement are: (1) leveraging applications with enhanced incentives, (2) using an approach that is easy and widely deployable to motivate drivers, and (3) utilizing connected vehicle and automation technologies to achieve large and widespread efficiency improvements.

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  • Presented at the 2012 SAE World Congress and Exhibition, April 24-26, 2012, Detroit, Michigan; Related Information: Posted with permission

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  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • DOI: 10.4271/2012-01-0494 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1045075
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc844464

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Gonder, J.; Earleywine, M. & Sparks, W. Analyzing Vehicle Fuel Saving Opportunities through Intelligent Driver Feedback, article, June 1, 2012; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc844464/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.