Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions

Project Overview

ecoDriver “Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions”

ecoDriver targeted a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by encouraging the adoption of green driving behaviour. Drivers receive eco-driving recommendations and feedback adapted to them and to their vehicle characteristics. A range of driving profiles, powertrains (conventional, hybrid, electrical) and vehicles types (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses) were tested in order to optimise the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. The ultimate goal was to deliver the most appropriate eco-driving advice or feedback for any given situation.

For information about ecoDriver, please refer to the Work programme or to the Library section.

ecoDriver had the following objectives, all of which were achieved:

  • Reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by delivering effective green driving advice and feedback.
  • Maximise system effectiveness and acceptance by adapting the eco-driving human-machine interfaces  (HMI – graphical interfaces, haptics, voice messages) to the driving style (e.g. relaxed vs sportive), traffic conditions (fluid vs heavy traffic), powertrain (conventional, hybrid, electrical), and vehicle type (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses, etc.).
  • Test and compare the effectiveness of nomadic and built-in navigation systems in encouraging green driving.
  • Maintain or even enhance driver safety while providing eco-driving support.
  • Scale-up the results obtained from test trials to Europe, and carry out a social cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic feasibility of a potential market deployment of the ecoDriver system.
  • Explore how eco-driving related CO2 reductions might be affected by different future technological, political, and lifestyle scenarios.
  • Project type : Integrated project (IP)
  • Budget: 14.5 M€ (EU contribution: 10.7M€)
  • Funding: Co-funded by the European Commission, DG INFSO, 7th Framework Programme
  • Duration: 54 months
  • Dates: 1 October 2011 – 31 March 2016
  • Coordinator: Oliver Carsten (University of Leeds) –


ecoDriver Final Event 

16-17 March 2016, Stuttgart (Germany)

Presentations and photos now available


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