Effects of eco-driving instructions using a vehicle with automatic transmission on urban roads

Rakotonirainy, Andry & Malik, Husnain (2012) Effects of eco-driving instructions using a vehicle with automatic transmission on urban roads. In 19th ITS World Congress Proceedings, ITS International, Messezentrum Wien Exhibition and Congress Center, Vienna.

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Eco-driving instructions could reduce fuel consumption to up to 20% (EcoMove, 2010). Participants (N=13) drove an instrumented vehicle (i.e. Toyota Camry 2007) with an automatic transmission. Fuel consumption of the participants were compared before and after they received eco-driving instructions. Participants drove the same vehicle on the same urban route under similar traffic conditions.

Results show that, on free flow sections of the track, all participants drove slightly faster (on average, 0.7 Km/h faster), during the lap for which they were instructed to drive in an eco-friendly manner as compared to when they were not given the eco-driving instruction. Suprisingly, eco-driving instructions increased the RPM significantly in most cases. Fuel consumption slightly decreased (6%) after the eco-driving instructions. We have found strong evidence showing that the fuel saving observed in our experiment (urban environment, automatic transmission) fall short of the 20% reduction claimed in other international trials.

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Item Type: Conference Paper
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