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Type: Field operational test
Tested system/service: Energy Efficiency
Countries: UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium  ? test users
12 partners  ? vehicles
Active from 10/2011 to 09/2015
Oliver Carsten
University of Leeds
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ecoDriver targets a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by encouraging the adoption of green driving behaviour. Drivers will receive eco-driving recommendations and feedback adapted to them and to their vehicle characteristics. A range of driving profiles, powertrains (conventional, hybrid, electrical) and vehicles types (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses) will be tested in order to optimise the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. The ultimate goal is to deliver the most appropriate eco-driving advice or feedback for any given situation.

Environmentally friendly driving, or eco-driving, is becoming an increasingly important topic among the intelligent transport systems community because carbon emissions need to be curbed in the context of climate change mitigation policies. Drivers are often not aware they have a major influence on their car’s fuel consumption, potentially leading to significant unnecessary emissions. The goal of eco driving is to correct drivers’ behaviour in order to maximise energy efficiency and improve traffic flows – without compromising safety. Specifically, ecoDriver aims to:

  • achieve a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by delivering effective green driving advice and feedback;
  • maximise system effectiveness and acceptance by adapting the eco-driving human-machine interfaces (HMI – graphical interfaces, haptics, voice messages) to the driving style (e.g. relaxed vs sportive), traffic conditions (fluid vs heavy traffic), powertrain (conventional, hybrid, electrical), and vehicle type (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses, etc.);
  • test and compare the effectiveness of nomadic and built-in navigation systems in encouraging green driving;
  • maintain or even enhance driver safety while providing eco-driving support;
  • scale-up the results obtained from test trials to Europe, and carry out a social cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic feasibility of a potential market deployment of the ecoDriver system;
  • explore how eco-driving related CO2 reductions might be affected by different future technological, political, and lifestyle scenarios.

ecoDRIVER is an intergrated project (IP) Co-funded by the European Commission, DG INFSO, under the 7th Framework Programme.

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ecoDriver’s work plan follows the system engineering V-model path.

  • The first subproject (SP1), led by TNO, will identify the most effective eco-driving feedback mechanisms for a range of scenarios and, based on this, eco driving applications will be developed.
  • SP2, also led by TNO, will derive powertrain models to accurately estimate CO2 emissions, and validate such algorithms using real measurements.
  • SP3, coordinated by CTAG, will carry out real world trials across a range of driving scenarios, powertrains, and vehicle types. Data gathered with these experiments will enable the validation of the proposed reduction of 20% in CO2 emissions.
  • In SP4, led by BMW, the consortium will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the field trials in terms of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, driver acceptance, and comparison of the effectiveness of nomadic and non nomadic devices.
  • Lastly, SP5 (coordinated by VTI), will estimate potential European wide impacts by scaling-up results obtained during the test trials. The impacts of future technological, political, and lifestyle scenarios on green driving support systems and on CO2 emissions will also be explored. Another relevant result will be an assessment of ecoDriver market deployment in terms of costs and benefits for both society as a whole and for sub-groups such as manufacturers and consumers.


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Summary, type of funding and budget


€14.5 million


EC contribution: €10.7 million

Cooperation partners and contact persons

  1. University of Leeds
  2. BMW Forschung und Technik
  3. TNO
  4. VTI
  5. CTAG
  6. TomTom
  7. IKA
  9. ERTICO – ITS Europe
  10. CRF
  11. NAVTEQ

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Facts about "EcoDRIVER"
CompanyUniversity of Leeds +
ContactOliver Carsten +
CountryUK +, Germany +, The Netherlands +, Sweden +, Spain +, France +, Italy + and Belgium +
EndedSeptember 2015 +
Is type ofField operational test +
Number of partners12 +
StartedOctober 2011 +
Tested system or serviceEnergy Efficiency +
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