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Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions

ECODRIVER

Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions

Call for proposal: 
FP7-ICT-2011-7
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

Environmentally friendly driving, or eco-driving, 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.

Drivers are often not aware they have a major influence on their car’s fuel consumption, potentially leading to significant unnecessary emissions. The goal of eco-driving is to correct drivers’ behaviour in order to maximise energy efficiency and improve traffic flows – without compromising safety.

Objectives: 

The target of ecoDriver is to deliver a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by autonomous means alone, which opens up the possibility of greater than 20% savings in combination with cooperative systems.

The defined objectives of ecoDrivers are:

  1. Achieve a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by delivering effective green driving advice and feedback
  2. 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.)
  3. Test and compare the effectiveness of nomadic and built-in navigation systems in encouraging green driving
  4. Maintain or even enhance driver safety while providing eco-driving support
  5. 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
  6. Explore how eco-driving related CO2 reductions might be affected by different future technological, political, and lifestyle scenarios
Methodology: 

ecoDriver addresses the need to consider the human element when encouraging green driving, since driver behaviour is a critical element in energy efficiency. The focus of the project is on technology working with the driver. The project aims to deliver the most effective feedback to drivers on green driving by optimising the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. It will carry out a substantial programme of work to investigate how best to win the support of the driver to obtain the most energy-efficient driving style for best energy use. Feedback coverage will include preview of the upcoming situation, optimising the current driving situation as well as post-drive feedback and learning.

The project will address this 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, and will optimise feedback to drivers for both nomadic devices and built-in systems and compare the effectiveness of each. The project will evaluate HMIs and feedback to drivers via both nomadic devices and built-in systems and compare the effectiveness of each. In each case a range of HMIs and feedback styles will be assessed.

The project aims to examine driving not only with current and near-term powertrains but also with a full range of future vehicles, including various types of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles. A comprehensive evaluation will be carried out both in the laboratory (a variety of driving simulators) and in real world driving in both the private and fleet contexts. Scenarios will be developed to assess the implications for the future effectiveness of green driving support.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

University Of Leeds

Address: 
University Rd
Leeds
LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€1,961,139
Partner Organisations: 

Bmw Forschung Und Technik Gmbh

Address: 
HANAUER STRASSE 46
80992 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€477,683

Centro Ricerche Fiat - Societa Consortile Per Azioni

Address: 
Strada Torino, 50
10043 ORBASSANO (TO)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€538,630

Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno

Address: 
ANNA VAN BUERENPLEIN 1
2595 DA DEN HAAG
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€2,154,344

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Address: 
Templergraben
52062 Aachen
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€673,950

Statens Geotekniska Institut

Address: 
Olaus Magnus Vag 35
58193 Linkoping
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€1,291,359

Fundacion Para La Promocion De La Innovacion, Investigacion Y Desarollo Tecnologico En La Industria De La Automocion De Galicia

Address: 
Poligono Industrial A Granxa 249
36400 PORRINO PONTEVEDRA
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€990,442

Tom Tom Telematics B.v.

Address: 
De Rui Jterkade 154
1011 Amsterdam
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€112,511

Daimler Ag

Address: 
Mercedesstrasse
70327 Stuttgart
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€724,662

Carrierweb Ireland Limited

Address: 
Lower Baggot Street 132
2
Dublin
Ireland
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tomtom International Bv

Address: 
DE RUIJTERKADE 154
1011 AC AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€291,153

Reich Franz

Address: 
WURZSTRASSE 3
81371 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€122,940

Here Global B.v.

Address: 
KENNEDYPLEIN 222
5611 ZT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€7,385

Association Of European Railway Industries

Address: 
avenue Louise 221/11
1050 BRUSSELS
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€603,528

Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux

Address: 
BOULEVARD ISAAC NEWTON 14 CITE DESCARTES 14-20
77447 MARNE LA VALLEE CEDEX 2
France
EU Contribution: 
€750,274

Bayerische Motoren Werke Ag

Address: 
Petuelring 130
80809 MUNICH
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0
Technologies: 
Development phase: