Smart car technologies save drivers $6.2 billion on fuel costs each year

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On one of the busiest traveling holidays of the year, drivers may be focusing on getting to grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner, not on what smart car technologies are saving them in fuel costs. But in the first study to assess the energy impact of smart technology in cars, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have put a number on the potential fuel-cost savings alone: $6.2 billion.

"That's not insignificant," said Yeganeh Hayeri, an assistant professor at Stevens whose work lies at the intersection of civil and environmental engineering and public policy. "That translates to between $60 and $266 in the pocket of car owners every year, not to mention additional savings created for each driver due to more smoothly-flowing traffic, fewer accidents and aerodynamic efficiency of all other vehicles on the road."

While many studies have looked at the social impacts of driverless cars with high levels of automation, this study is the first to look at the energy impact on lower levels of automation and individual technologies that are either already introduced in our cars, pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles or will be in the next few years.

To figure out the impact of these technologies on fuel-saving cost, Hayeri and her colleagues at Stevens, including Saeed Vasebi, a graduate student in Hayeri's lab, and Carnegie Mellon University conducted a comprehensive review of the literature on the energy and safety impacts of automated features, providing precise data for predicting how these features would affect fuel consumption nationwide.

Using these data, they then analyzed the benefits and costs associated with each automation technology, which were categorized into three groups: warning systems (i.e. for lane departures, blind spots, forward collisions, speed limit detection, and traffic warnings), (i.e. for adaptive cruise control, collision detection braking, active braking and cooperative ) and information systems (i.e. parking aid system and dynamic route guidance.)

In their work, recently reported in Transportation Research Record, Hayeri, Vasebi and colleagues show that drivers of low-level automated vehicles (those equipped with all technologies considered in this study) could reduce fuel consumption by 27 to 119 gallons per year for each vehicle. This saving equals from 6 to 23 percent of average fuel consumption in the U.S. and could save each vehicle owner up to $60 to $266, as mentioned above.

This Thanksgiving weekend, it is estimated that 54.3 million Americans are planning a road trip, a 4.8 percent increase over last year, despite drivers expecting to pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years, according to AAA. That means , construction, a dearth of parking, idling engines at stoplights, intersections and construction zones, not to mention getting lost.

"Knowing when and where congestion will build can help avoid the stress of sitting in traffic," said Hayeri. "What we did is put a number of fuel-saving costs that come with technologies that assist us with making smarter choices on the road. We hope to use this information for improving future transportation, and consequentially improve the environment, save lives and keep the air we breathe cleaner."

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Nov 20, 2018
Well! How dare they! Consumers making their own decision
or even having a choice?

It's those damn regulator technocrats
and evil SJW-Environmentalist activists.
Forcing innocent consumers. Forcing I tell you!
To purchase efficient, conservative machines that consume less fuel, cause less pollution and cost less to maintain.

I mean. the horror of it! None of you should be permitted the freedom to decide for yourselves. After all. if we can deprive women of control of their uterus>? It is perfectly legitimate to deprive everyone of control of their purchasing power.

All of you are too blame for causing the insufferable impoverishment of the Saudi imperium and Putin's kleptocracy.

You should hang yourselves for shaming trumpenella's regime of quislings before the censurous eyes and wagging fork-tongues of the Global Fascist Axis!

I hope you are all happy with yourselves for bringing a tear to the eye of the Bogus POTUS!

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