Traffic system impacts of green driving support systems

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Martijn van Noort
Isabel Wilmink
Gerdien Klunder
Charisma Choudhury
James Tate
Norbert Ligterink
Oliver Carsten

The global aim of the ecoDriver project was to deliver the most effective advice to drivers on fuel efficient driving by optimising the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. More specifically, the focus of the project was on the interaction between technology and the driver, since the behaviour of a driver is a critical element in energy efficiency. By increasing the acceptance of eco-driving applications through intelligent HMI and advice solutions, the ecoDriver project substantially contributes to the Europe 2020 goals through a much needed reduction of gas emissions and energy usage in transport, and thereby a significant reduction in the negative impact of transport on the environment.

The ecoDriver advice to drivers covers the whole spectrum, from previewing the upcoming situation, over optimising the current driving situation, to post-drive feedback and learning. The aim of the project was to optimise human machine interfaces (HMIs) and advice to drivers for both portable devices within the vehicle which provide assistance to the driver (nomadic devices) and built-in systems, and to compare the effectiveness of each. This was addressed across a wide range of vehicles — e.g. cars, light trucks and vans, medium and heavy trucks and buses — covering both individual and collective transport. Lastly, the project did not only examine driving with current and near-term powertrains, but also with a full range of future vehicles, including hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.

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