SETSafe Effective Transport
Purpose and goal
The purpose is to produce results that are directly applicable in the transportation industry in terms of fuel efficient driving, reduced CO2 emissions and fuel costs, and improved safety when loading/unloading cargo. Specific goals are to develop new concepts of HMI/GUI to support fuel efficient driving, strategies to implement driver coaching systems, and new concepts for safer and efficient handling of loading/unloading cargo. This project also aims to initiate interdisciplinary research applied on the transportation industry; automotive technology, human-machine interaction, design, information technology, organisational and behavioural sciences.
Results and expected effects
The expected results are: 1.HMI/GUI-concept that supports the driver to drive fuel efficiently (eco-driving) without causing distraction or cognitive over-load. The HMI/GUI-concept is based in multi-modal information. Fuel cost is a major expense for haulage contractors. Increasing fuel price makes fuel efficiency a critical factor for the transportation sector and thus also for vehicle manufacturers. A key-issue is the drivers´ driving behaviour. Today, eco-driving can result in 10-12% lower fuel consumption. 2. Innovative concepts to communicate eco-driving with the surrounding traffic. The purposes are, e.g. is to gain acceptance from other road users (co-driving trucks drive slowly), and to create good-will for the fleet (eco-driving as a means to produce less CO2). 3. New solutions for safe and efficient manoeuvring the vehicle when load and unloading cargo. With solutions for these matters are stressed due to development of longer and more complex combinations of trucks and trailers.
Approach and implementation
The project is managed in seven work packages: WP1: Project management, WP2: Tests and evaluations, WP3: Key-factors for eco-driving, WP4: Development of interfaces (HMI/GUI), WP5: Strategies for implementing eco-driving at haulage contractors, WP6: Concept development to communicate eco-driving to other road users, WP7: Concept development for efficient and safe load/unloading.