Eco-Driving the Ultimate use of Intelligent Transport Systems

By: Masatomo ISHIKURA

10 June 2014


In recent years, automobiles have become essential to our life. They are the modes of transporting people and objects, and are part of our life. However, they also consume enormous amounts of fossil fuels at the same time. In concurrence with this, serious social problems such as air pollution and global warming (due to the effect of carbon dioxide) have occurred. How this consumption can be reduced has been a great challenge. Answers to this include infrastructure improvement involving intelligent transportation system (ITS*1) and electronic toll collection system (ETC). In addition, automotive manufacturers have been constantly improving the fuel efficiency and introducing hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles into the market to reduce the fossil fuel consumption. However, it is also necessary to draw our attention on things more familiar to us, in addition to depending on performance improvement in infrastructure and automobiles. To reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, in other words, address energy saving, it is necessary to improve the driving skills of the drivers and improve the awareness for energy saving. To address this, we must quantitatively evaluate the concept of energy saving, which had been conventionally sensuous, and provide appropriate information to the driver successively. This article will focus on promotion of energy saving operation and describe the results of social experiments in the past.

*1: ITS: Intelligent Transport Systems

 

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