SP4 ecoFreight & Logistics

Fuel is one of the major costs of transport companies. Eco-driving training has shown good potential but its effects tend to wear off over time when professional drivers get back to their old habits.

The objectives of this sub-project are to improve truck energy efficiency by introducing a learning driver coaching system and a planning & routing system that give all stakeholders the possibility and motivation to strive for optimal eco-behaviour. This is achieved with three applications:

1. ecoDriver Coaching

supporting the commercial vehicle drivers and fleet managers in the following three trip phases:

  • Pre-trip: eco-driving training system with virtual simulator where the driver experiences the eCoMove system and a set of representative traffic situations;

  • On-trip: the driver receives real-time eco driving advice along the trip based on the vehicle environment;

  • Post-trip: driving records are sent to a fleet management backoffice to analyse trends, give feedback to the drivers on their driving style and reward good eco-drivers with incentives

2. ecoTour Planning

The application calculates the most eco-efficient tours for each vehicle, considering:

- the fuel consumption behaviour of the fleet vehicles under the applicable driving and loading set of information;

- the constraints retrieved from the orders

- information on the road infrastructure or specific areas (e.g. low emission zones) status

- traffic state information

3. Truck ecoNavigation

Based on the ecoTour application but also truck-specific attributes and traffic state information, the system calculates the most fuel-efficient route to the next destination and guides the driver there.

Thereby Truck ecoNavigation considers the configuration (e.g. length and height) and the status (e.g. weight) of the truck to determine the fuel consumption on a route segment.

Sub-project Team

SP Leader: Guillaume Vernet (Volvo)