Driver behavior is one of the greatest factors determining the fuel consumption and thus carbon dioxide emissions of a heavy-duty vehicle. Difference in fuel consumption can be up to 30 % depending on the driver. Education, monitoring and feedback are ways of guiding drivers towards more fuel efficient driver behavior. An incentive system related to fuel consumption is one way of giving feedback. The greatest challenge facing such incentive systems in transportation companies is fair measurement of driver’s fuel consumption. This study focused on that challenge.
As a result of this study a method for utilizing fuel consumption data in an incentive system was developed for the case company, Tampere City Transport. Measurement of fuel consumption is based on groups, which are formed by runs with similar vehicle, route and time of day. The individual driver’s average fuel consumption in a specific group is then compared with the average fuel consumption of all drivers in that specific group.
Author: Heikki Liimatainen
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems
More information: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5765691