Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions


TNO - The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research

Location: Delft, the Netherlands

Main contact: Dr. Rino Brouwer,

Role in ecoDriver:

  • Leader of SP1: Supporting Drivers in ecoDriving
  • Leader of SP2: Real-time Calculation of Energy Use and Emissions
  • Leader of WP10: Technical coordination and interactions of SP1
  • Leader of WP11: Envisioning new systems
  • Leader of WP22: Algorithms for in-vehicle estimation
  • Leader of WP43: Behaviour and side effects
  • Leader of WP54: Scaling up and cost-benefit analysis

Services/field of expertise:

  • Mobility
  • Energy
  • Information Society
  • Industrial Innovation
  • Integrated Safety.

Other projects:


Short overview of the organisation:

TNO is a knowledge organisation for companies, governmental bodies and public organisations founded in 1932. The daily work of some 4,500 employees is to create, develop, and apply scientific knowledge in various domains ranging from industry to society aspects. It is the fundamental goal of TNO to direct its research activities toward creative and practical innovations in the form of new products, services, and processes, fully customised for businesses and governmental institutions.

TNO works on seven central research themes. Each of these seven themes contributes to the comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach of TNO research. One of these themes is “Mobility”, comprising topics as (intelligent) vehicle technology, ITS, road side technology, infrastructure technology, intelligent traffic management, environment and human factors in transport.

Role in ecoDriver:

Three distinct departments of TNO contribute in ecoDriver: Automotive; Mobility and Logistics; and Human Factors.

The main tasks of TNO Automotive within ecoDriver are:

  • Leadership for SP2 (Real-time Calculation of Energy Use and Emissions)
  • Development of parameter estimation algorithms for traffic density & flow.
  • Development of environmental estimator for speed limiting road elements.
  • Development of on-line reference signal generator for HMI driver guidance.

The main tasks of TNO Human Factors within ecoDriver are:

  • Leadership for SP1 (Supporting Drivers in ecoDriving)
  • Development of algorithms to determine driving styles.
  • Make these algorithms applicable for the applications developed in ecoDriver.
  • Analyse the data collected in the real world trials
  • Develop feedback strategies for the applications.

The main tasks of TNO Mobility and Logistics in ecoDriver are:

  • Leader of WP51 on developing a framework for scaling up
  • Leader of WP54 on scaling up and cost-benefit analysis (CBA)
  • Developing framework for scaling up and performing the scaling up of the results
  • Development of different scenarios for impact assessment
  • Carrying out traffic simulations of green driving support systems

Other projects (related to ecoDriver):

TNO has been involved in eCoMove and ECOSTAND:

eCoMove is an Integrated Project that aims at integrating driver support, fleet management and traffic management based on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (or so called “cooperative systems”) in order to improve energy efficiency and cut down CO2 emissions by 20%. Three of eCoMove sub-projects are looking more specifically into eco-driving support strategies and motivation studies for both private car and truck drivers.

The objective of ECOSTAND is to provide support for an agreement between three regions – the European Union, Japan and the United States – on a framework for a common assessment methodology for determining the impacts of Intelligent Transport Systems on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions.

ecoDriver Final Event 

16-17 March 2016, Stuttgart (Germany)

Presentations and photos now available


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