Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Research Project: ecoDriver

Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions

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ecoDriver aims to:

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Achieve a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by delivering effective green driving advice and feedback.

Maximise system effectiveness and acceptance by adapting the eco-driving human-machine interfaces  (HMI – graphical interfaces, haptics, voice messages) to the driving style (e.g. relaxed vs sportive), traffic conditions (fluid vs heavy traffic), powertrain (conventional, hybrid, electrical), and vehicle type (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses, etc.).

Test and compare the effectiveness of nomadic and built-in navigation systems in encouraging green driving.

Maintain or even enhance driver safety while providing eco-driving support.

Scale-up the results obtained from test trials to Europe, and carry out a social cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic feasibility of a potential market deployment of the ecoDriver system.

Explore how eco-driving related CO2 reductions might be affected by different future technological, political, and lifestyle scenarios.

Project facts

Project type: Integrated project (IP)

Budget: 14.5 M€ (EU contribution: 10.7M€)

Funding: Co-funded by the European Commission, DG INFSO, 7th Framework Programme

Duration: 48 months

Dates: 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2015

Coordinator: Prof. Oliver Carsten (University of Leeds)

Partners: TNO; VTI; BMW; CTAG; TOMTOM; IKA; IFSTTAR; ERTICO; CRF; DAIMLER; SIMOTION.

Abstract: Environmentally friendly driving, or ecodriving, is becoming an increasingly important topic among the intelligent transport systems community because carbon emissions need to be curbed in the context of climate change mitigation policies.

In general, drivers are not aware that certain behaviours elevate fuel consumption and result in unnecessary emissions. Ecodriving interventions try to modify such behaviour in order to maximise energy efficiency and improve traffic flows – without compromising safety.

The ecoDriver project aims to achieve a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by delivering effective ecodriving advice and feedback. This will be achieved by maximising the effectiveness and acceptance of ecodriving interfaces (using graphical interfaces, haptic feedback or auditory messages). Driving style, traffic conditions, powertrain type and vehicle type will be studied independently using a common methodology to test and compare the effectiveness of nomadic and built-in ecodriving systems.

Field trials, using passenger cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles and buses will be carried out in seven European countries. The results from the field trials will be scaled-up and social cost-benefit analyses will be carried out to assess the economic feasibility of a potential market deployment of the ecoDriver system.

www.ecodriver-project.eu

For further information, please contact: Dr Samantha Jamson