Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool

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Abstract

Road transport still depends almost entirely on liquid fuels derived from natural
oil. Combustion of these carbon-based fuels naturally results in the emission of
carbon monoxide and dioxide, which play an important role in global warming.
Improving fuel-efficiency through a change in driver behaviour can effectively
reduce fuel consumption and corresponding emissions. Since fuel consumption is most substantial in urban areas, the largest gain is likely to be obtained here.
A new-generation fuel-efficiency support tool has been designed that aims at
reducing fuel consumption by inducing a change in driver behaviour. The support tool includes a normative model that formulates optimal driver behaviour in this respect based on the context the vehicle is in. If actual behaviour deviates from optimal behaviour, the support tool presents advice to the driver on how to change driver behaviour.
Evaluation of the new advice system took place in a driving simulator as well
as on the road. The advice system has proven to be particularly effective in the
urban environment; an average reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent was
achieved. Mainly an altered gear choice and quicker gear changing caused this
reduction. In addition drivers learned to anticipate more to oncoming traffic
situations.
Supporting drivers to adapt their driving behaviour therefore results in a
significant reduction of fuel consumption and therewith carbon dioxide emission. The willingness to adapt driving behaviour will be consolidated by lower fuel costs on drivers' behalf.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Transport VII
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century
EditorsL.J. Sucharov, C.A. Brebbia
Place of PublicationSouthampton
PublisherWIT Press
Chapter631-640
ISBN (Print)9781853128653
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Publication series

NameInternational series on advances in transport ; 8
PublisherWIT Press
Volume8

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Fuel consumption
Gears
Liquid fuels
Global warming
Carbon dioxide
Simulators
Carbon
Costs

Keywords

  • PGM
  • ADLIB-ART-101

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van der Voort, M. C., & van Maarseveen, M. F. A. M. (2001). Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool. In L. J. Sucharov, & C. A. Brebbia (Eds.), Urban Transport VII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century (International series on advances in transport ; 8; Vol. 8). Southampton: WIT Press.
van der Voort, M.C. ; van Maarseveen, M.F.A.M. / Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool. Urban Transport VII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century. editor / L.J. Sucharov ; C.A. Brebbia. Southampton : WIT Press, 2001. (International series on advances in transport ; 8).
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van der Voort, MC & van Maarseveen, MFAM 2001, Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool. in LJ Sucharov & CA Brebbia (eds), Urban Transport VII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century. International series on advances in transport ; 8, vol. 8, WIT Press, Southampton.

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool. / van der Voort, M.C.; van Maarseveen, M.F.A.M.

Urban Transport VII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century. ed. / L.J. Sucharov; C.A. Brebbia. Southampton : WIT Press, 2001. (International series on advances in transport ; 8; Vol. 8).

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van der Voort MC, van Maarseveen MFAM. Reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas by using a new fuel-efficiency support tool. In Sucharov LJ, Brebbia CA, editors, Urban Transport VII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century. Southampton: WIT Press. 2001. (International series on advances in transport ; 8).