Analysis of a Driver Behaviour Improvement Tool to Reduce Fuel Consumption

Deepak Hari, Christian J. Brace, Christopher Vagg, John Poxon, Lloyd Ash
2012 2012 International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE)  
A number of technologies have been introduced into new automobiles with the aim of reducing CO 2 emissions. One method of improving fuel consumption is to improve driver behaviour, since eco-driving techniques can help save 10-15% of fuel. A retro-fittable driver behaviour improvement device has been developed and tested in real world conditions. The device provides real-time audio and visual feedback to the driver to improve his/her driving style. It was tested on 15 vans belonging to various
more » ... ompanies in the UK and over 39,000km of data was collected. It was observed that use of the device saved an average 7.6% of fuel. Further analysis showed that the savings were obtained as a result of improvement in driving behaviour through reduction in harsh accelerations and early gear shifting into higher gears. There was also a reduction in the pedal busyness of drivers with the system fitted. A model was created using the data obtained to predict the fuel savings that can be achieved if the device is fitted onto a new vehicle.
doi:10.1109/iccve.2012.46 dblp:conf/iccve/HariBVPA12 fatcat:qmsdfzularaxzlpsbd3umwgvde