Simulator-based Eco-drive training for fleet drivers

Turuna S. Seecharan, Birsen Donmez, Huei Yen Winnie Chen, Andrew K.S. Jardine

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This paper investigates the role of human factors, in particular driving behaviour, in managing fleet fuel consumption. The results presented are from the Driving Simulator Eco-Drive Training (DSET) project, a collaborative project with a municipal fleet in Ontario, Canada, to test the effectiveness of simulator-based training in eco-driving techniques. Likert-scale questionnaires assessed the drivers’ self-reported motivation toward the training programme. In the six weeks following their simulator training session, we found that the average rate of hard acceleration (≥1.5 m/s2) among all acceleration events decreased from 13.3 to 11.4 % and the average rate of hard deceleration (≤−1.5 m/s2) decreased from 10.5 to 9.8 %. Based on these reductions in average acceleration and deceleration, approximately 18 % savings in fuel consumption is possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
PublisherPleiades journals
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This project was funded by the Canadian organisation AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence. The City of Waterloo provided a cash contribution, paying for the rental cost of the simulator from Virage Simulation and the rental cost of the data loggers from FleetCarma, a division of CrossChasm Technologies. Virage Simulation and FleetCarma also provided in-kind contribution towards the project. We would also like to acknowledge Drs. Pierro Hirsch and Corey Kiassat for their contributions during the conception and the conduct of this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


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