Requirements for Effective Fuel Economy Displays for Improving Fuel Economy and Safety

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 1:00pm

About the Event

Fuel efficient driver behavior, such as coasting to a stop or avoiding complete stops, has helped drivers achieve large reductions in fuel consumption. Vehicle interfaces that deliver fuel economy information to drivers can also help attain fuel savings.

In this seminar, Justin Graving will discuss a recent study that evaluated how features of market and aftermarket fuel economy displays affected fuel consumption during simulated driving. Study results indicated that the presence of a fuel economy display promoted fuel efficient driving, but also showed that when instructed, drivers were able to reduce their fuel consumption without the aid of a display.

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Justin Graving is a research fellow at the ITS Institute's HumanFIRST Program, where he employs human factors research methods to help advance transportation technology. He has investigated how fuel economy displays affect driving, developed a simulator-based training program for bus drivers, and explored the significance of retroreflector luminance for creating pedestrian conspicuity.