Facilitation of Behavior-Based Efficiency Opportunities in Vehicular Operations Through Retrofit Information Feedback Systems

This project tests the impact of continuous miles per gallon (MPG) feedback on driving behavior and fuel efficiency in gas-powered cars. Participants are employees who commute to work driving their own cars more than 20 minutes each way. For three months, a small computer device will be mounted in their cars to monitor, unobtrusively, MPG aggregated over daily driving intervals. Following a one-month baseline monitoring period, participants randomized to the experimental condition will receive one month of continuous MPG feedback through the computer device display, followed by a one-month return-to-baseline when the feedback display is again masked. Participants in the comparison condition will never observe the MPG feedback. Monthly surveys will assess self-reported efforts to engage in fuel efficient driving behaviors; however, the main dependent measure will be changes in mean MPG obtained during the feedback versus no feedback periods and conditions. Report: Effects of Miles Per Gallon Feedback on Fuel Efficiency in Gas-Powered Cars (Solomon, Lange, Schwob & Callas)


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $55519.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Troy, Austin

    Aultman-Hall, Lisa

  • Performing Organizations:

    UVM Transportation Center

    University of Vermont
    210 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT  United States  05405
  • Principal Investigators:

    Solomon, L

  • Start Date: 20080701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 20482

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569281
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: UVM Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0018, 022747
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2015 1:00AM