|Wadjet: the eye of eco-driving|
| Posted on 30/05/2014 - 17:12|
A real-time app to generate savings in the energy consumption related with road transport. The app provides feedback to the driver about his driving behavior as well as about the energy inefficiency sources of the vehicle.
Road transport contributes about one-fifth of the EU's total emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. CO2 emissions from road transport increased by nearly 23% between 1990 and 2010, and without the economic downturn growth could have been even bigger. Transport is the only major sector in the EU where greenhouse gas emissions are still rising. According to the US Department of Energy , only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used to move your vehicle down the road. More the 60% of the energy is lost due to inefﬁciencies in energy transfromation as well as due to heat, friction, and inefficiencies in the engine and drive train. On top of that, up to additional 25% is lost due to an agressive and inefficient driving behaviour.
Wadjet consist of a hardware and software integrated system which allows and automatic recording of real-time data from the sensors of the vehicle, voice, image and location. Data from the sensors is gathered through a device connected to the OBD port.
The features provided, allow the driver to learn by doing through a mobile app and via web. Users can monitor speeds, excessive idling, harsh braking, harsh acceleration, efficiency in choosing routes, or mechanical health of the vehicle. These information helps drivers identify waste, correct the problem and reduce fuel costs and emissions as well as improving safety control.
Wadjet includes social features to facilitate benchmarking, awareness and collaborative learning.
Next step would be a beta version based on the current prototype.
Target group and social impact
All drivers (globally) using vehicles produced since 1 January 2004 could be benefited by Wadjet. The solution could be implemented at individual or collective levels, for example through eco-driving communities (smart cities) or at business level (fleet management). Considering the effects of real-world driving conditions, the most aggressively driven trips could still realize fuel savings on the order of 20% from implementing efficient driving techniques. Even starting from more moderate driving styles, efficient behaviors can reduce fuel consumption by 5%-10%. Widespread penetration of such efficiency improvements could result in significant aggregate fuel savings. Therefore, the minimum reduction related with the use of Wadjet allows to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 5-10%.
Competences of the applicant
The members of the team are Jorge and Xabi. They have been working together since 2004 in different IT projects for third parties. Jorge Fernández has more than 10 years of experience designing and building digital products for public and private entities. Xabier Chao is an international business developer specialized in innovation funding, with high experience in Europe and LATAM.
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