DrivingStyles, save fuel by driving better

Jan 10, 2013
Driving styles.

The Group of Computer Networks-DISCA of the Universitat Politècnica de València has developed a mobile phone application called DrivingStyles that characterizes our driving style. The system detects bad habits and helps promote better driving behaviour.

Using a Bluetooth device, the application collects information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle such as speed, acceleration, revs, accelerator position and by GPS. After gathering the information, the user sends the route data to a web site where they are analyzed. "From an algorithm based on neural networks the system is able to characterize the type of road and the user's driving style," says Carlos Tavares, head researcher of the project.

The Valencian researchers aim to help correct bad driving habits, especially the overly aggressive driving patterns that are generally associated with greater danger while driving and higher fuel consumption. "This system could be used by insurance companies to offer discounts to low-risk drivers," says Tavares.

The free application is available for Android smartphones at https://play..com/store/apps/details?id=com.driving.styles .

Drivers involved in this pilot experiment have direct access to all routes recorded by the web portal of the platform, and to data such as acceleration graphics, speed and route maps, including also an individualized analysis of driving style. A correct driving behaviour can save up to 20% of and improve road safety.

Explore further: Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

More information: www.drivingstyles.info/

Provided by Universitat Politècnica de València

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

'Gently does it' drives you further in electric vehicles

Dec 21, 2012

Drivers of petrol and diesel cars are usually aware that driving at high speed, harsh acceleration and hard braking all contribute to lowering their fuel economy. Scientists can readily explain in terms of the thermodynamics ...

Tracker reveals how you will fare in EVs

Aug 24, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Drivers come in all shapes and personality sizes. Different heat and air conditioning needs. Different braking styles. Different climates. Different terrains. When it will come to buying an ...

Smartphone apps can help texting-while-driving addicts

Nov 25, 2012

Txting n drivng? It's against the law in 39 states, but that hasn't stopped many of us from reaching for the phone while we're on the road. The chime of a new text message is enticing, and the urge to look at it is almost ...

Recommended for you

Audi to develop Tesla Model S all-electric rival

11 hours ago

The Tesla Model S has a rival. Audi is to develop all-electric family car. This is to be a family car that will offer an all-electric range of 280 miles (450 kilometers), according to Auto Express, which ...

A green data center with an autonomous power supply

17 hours ago

A new data center in the United States is generating electricity for its servers entirely from renewable sources, converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity and water. Siemens implemented ...

After a data breach, it's consumers left holding the bag

17 hours ago

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out at a store or click "purchase" on your online shopping cart ...

Can we create an energy efficient Internet?

18 hours ago

With the number of Internet connected devices rapidly increasing, researchers from Melbourne are starting a new research program to reduce energy consumption of such devices.

Brain inspired data engineering

18 hours ago

What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain's structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.