Cooperative systems

eCoMove is one of the first initiatives to apply to a new application field (energy efficiency) the results emerging from the previous generation of R&D projects developing the core technologies and early applications based on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.

In these projects, however, the emphasis was on traffic safety and efficiency rather than energy efficiency of an individual vehicle or of the whole road network (even though improving traffic flow by reducing stops also saves fuel consumption).

By using the emerging cooperative systems technology, it is possible to minimise fuel consumption based on interaction that is twofold:

  1. the urban traffic control system gets real-time insight in the vehicle characteristics through which network control can be optimised;
  2. the urban traffic control system can give feedback on optimal speed advice to individual drivers.

The eCoMove consortium believes that Europe has no choice but to go down the path towards cooperative eco-mobility since every “business-as-usual” prediction seems to lead to an unsustainable future, with more or less severely restrained mobility for all.

eCoMove results will not of themselves eliminate congestion, nor will all drivers suddenly improve their performance by 20%. However, this project proposes to answer the key questions facing the automotive industry and road operators:

  • Can private and commercial vehicle drivers’ fuel efficiency performance be significantly and sustainably improved through intelligent, cooperative “eco-drive assistance” systems?

  • Can cooperative “eco-traffic management & control” significantly improve the fuel efficiency of the ensemble of vehicles in the road network and reduce the aggregate CO2 emissions over a city or region, or for an interurban motorway network?