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Date:8/17/2011

equired to increase fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. On Tuesday, he announced the first-of-a-kind fuel-efficiency standards for commercial trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles. Fuel consumption will have to be cut by 10 to 20 percent by 2018.

There are many things a driver can do to save fuel and reduce emissions, including better trip planning, keeping vehicles well-maintained, avoiding rapid starts and stops, avoiding unnecessary idling and taking the most direct route to a destination.

"We want to take those practices to the next level with the aid of the driver feedback technology," said Kanok Boriboonsomsin, the co-principal investigator on the project and an assistant research engineer at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology.

The next-generation environmentally-friendly driving feedback system, which will be developed as part of this grant, will build on existing technology and current research by developing and integrating a number of innovative features, including:

  • Calculation of schedules and routes for day-to-day passenger travel or fleet operation that accounts for appointment times, road networks, driver and vehicle costs, vehicle capacity, and other constraints;

  • Calculation of the most fuel-efficient route for the trip that incorporates information of the vehicle characteristics, roadway attributes, and traffic conditions;

  • Provision of audio driving feedback to the driver (for reduced driver distraction) to avoid conditions such as excessive idling, speeding, and aggressive acceleration/braking;

  • Monitoring of driving behavior, vehicle performance, and fuel consumption in real-time;

  • A scoring system that shows which vehicles, drivers, and routes are the most fuel efficient;

  • Customized reports to the driver with recommendations for improving fuel efficiency; and

  • Continually updated algori
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Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

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