Step on It: Approaches to Improving Existing Vehicles' Fuel Economy

Ashley Langer and Shaun McRae
9
Nov

Step on It: Approaches to Improving Existing Vehicles’ Fuel Economy

Ashley Langer and Shaun McRae: Personal transportation seems poised for a transformation as vehicles begin communicating with their surroundings, warning drivers of road hazards, and even driving themselves. These technologies promise to reduce congestion and accidents, potentially by an order of magnitude.In this paper, we argue that these new technologies, along with roadway infrastructure investment, also have the potential to drastically reduce the amount of fuel needed for drivers to complete trips, even without otherwise changing their vehicles. These benefits occur by reducing the substantial variation in fuel economy achieved by different drivers in identical vehicles. Read more (PDF)

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