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Researchers study Energy Savings with Electric Cars and IntelliDrive technology

29 September 2009 No Comment

Technology.am (Sept. 29, 2009)– Clemson University researchers have been awarded a $470,000 National Science Foundation grant to study making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more efficient to reduce fossil fuel use. They will study integrating the vehicles with infrastructure where they act as probes that generate continuous detailed traffic data.

hybrid electric vehiclesThe hybrid electric vehicles will work with the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) system, also known as IntelliDrive. It’s an initiative that will improve traffic operations and safety in the future by linking vehicles to their physical surroundings.

The VII systems providing detailed traffic data of any monitored highway that can be used by roadside sensors, along with data from other sources, to provide predicted trip information to the vehicles.

“For instance, a roadside sensor could collect data on acceleration and deceleration of the vehicles and use the information to predict operational conditions,” said lead investigator Ronnie Chowdhury, associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson.

He added that hybrid electric vehicles would “talk to” sensors that are set up in a road’s infrastructure to improve fuel efficiency and overall costs by monitoring and predicting trip conditions.

With this information they can come up with mathematical models that predict detailed traffic conditions which will be used to optimize fuel consumption and total energy used.

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