New Product Introduction

UC-win/Road Eco-Drive Plug-in

Introduction
The Eco-Drive plug-in of UC-win/Road is new software module that calculates the fuel consumption and carbon footprint of individual vehicles whilst driving through a 3D VR model and graphs the results by means of UC-win/Roadfs driving log.


Evaluation Formula of Carbon Footprint *1
In general, a vehiclefs carbon dioxide emission or carbon footprint (E) is in proportion to its fuel consumption. Therefore to be able to calculate it we require key factors such as "travelling time T" and "travel distance D" as well as the variation in speed "Fluctuating vehicle speed".

The Eco-Drive plug-in calculates fuel consumption and carbon footprint using a formula (1) based on results obtained from the UC-win/Road driving log.

E: Amount of CO2 discharged during travel time (kg-C)
T: Travel time (sec)
D: Travel distance (m)
K: The number of the speed measurement point
: When a speed is higher than at the previous point; 1
Other case; 0
vk: Running speed at "K" point (m/sec)
Kc: Emission factor CO2 0.00231 kg-C/petrol (cc) (Ministry of Environment, 1999)

*1 T.Oguchi, M.Ktakura and M.Taniguchi" Carbon Dioxide emission model in actual urban road vehicular traffic conditions", Journal of Infrastructure Planning and Management (JSCE), No.695/IV-54, pp.125-136


Major Features
The Eco-Drive module is situated in the UC-win/Road tools menu with two separate functions. Firstly the user can activate an gEco-Drive log output functionh alternatively they can "Calculate the carbon footprinth. The various parameters within the Eco-Drive evaluation formulae are all capable of being altered by the user. All Eco-Drive data is automatically saved within the Drive Log data file so that calculations can be re-created at a later date.

In the result of "Calculate Carbon Footprint", the values such as Travel time (T) and Travel distance (D), fuel consumption (Q), and Carbon Footprint are displayed. A number of graphs are available in the graph create function, for instance, acceleration and speed, fuel consumption over time, cumulative fuel consumption, carbon footprint per hour, cumulative carbon footprint. In addition the user can output a result as a CSV file and use it with Microsoft Excel.


Validation Example
A simple experiment was conducted to calculate the carbon footprint generated under the two different driving conditions of sudden starting and stopping and one of driving more egentlyf. A evirtualf car was driven through one of Forum 8fs 3D City Models using the UC-win/Road 3D Virtual Reality software system with the Eco-Drive plug-in. The conditions were as follows; (1) Drive a course of distance 1km, (2) Must stop at an intersection, (3) No speed limit, (4) Try several different type of driving from gentle to rough.

The following results were obtained:

Case Name Travel Distance(km) Fuel Consumption(L)

Carbon Footprint(kg-C)

Driving Condition
TEST-1
1.018 0.180 0.415 Repeat "sudden starting" and "sudden stop"
TEST-3
1.018 0.147 0.339
TEST-4
1.025 0.102 0.237 Try not to do "sudden starting" and "sudden stop"
TEST-5 1.02 0.098 0.226


Conclusion
Driving hard with sudden stops and starts results in an increase in both fuel consumption and carbon footprint. On the other hand, when driving more gently, the results of both fuel consumption and carbon footprint tend to decrease.


The screen of "Calculate carbon footprint"

Comparison of results of TEST-1(Red),
TEST-5(Green)

UC-win/Road Eco-drive plug-in Released Date (scheduled); March, 2009.

(Up & Coming 2009 early spring issue)

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