ECO-Friendly Navigation System Research for Heavy-Duty Trucks Project

Heavy-duty trucks are a critical component of the U.S. goods movement system; however, these trucks consume a large amount of fuel and emit significant pollutants and greenhouse gases. The trucking industry is always looking for any measure to improve operations and reduce fuel consumption, including efficient routing and scheduling. Most existing routing systems are based on minimizing total miles traveled. However, fuel consumption and emissions aren't necessarily minimized by distance, particularly in congestion and areas that have significant changes in road grade. In this project, it is proposed to develop a new set of routing algorithms that are specifically designed to minimize fuel consumption and emissions for heavy-duty trucks. These ECO-Friendly Navigation algorithms will build upon our previous research in eco-routing algorithms developed for light-duty vehicles. The key innovation in this proposed research is the integration of our navigation technology with a rich set of truck energy and emissions data collected by CE-CERT's state-of-the-art heavy-duty Mobile Emissions Laboratory (MEL) as well as sophisticated truck energy and emissions models that CE-CERT has developed over the years. New algorithms will be researched and developed, followed by an actual prototype implementation in our heavy-duty truck (MEL). Using this prototype system, the effectiveness of the routing algorithms will be carefully evaluated. It is expected that significant fuel and emissions savings will occur, particularly when road congestion is high and in areas that have significant elevation changes.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  USA  95843

      Department of Transportation

      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California, Irvine

      Institute of Transportation Studies
      Irvine, CA  USA  92697

      University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

      University of California, Berkeley
      2614 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
      Berkeley, CA  USA  94720-1782
    • Principal Investigators:

      Barth, Matthew

    • Start Date: 20100801
    • Source Data: RiP Project 27973

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01463743
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)
    • Contract Numbers: 7504
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:29PM