Intelligent Fuel Management System
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-30
The IP.com Prior Art Database
This publication outlines a method to determine required fuel by using the information on driver history and using this to predict fuel requirements. This would provide the driver with a fuel management system which would notify the driver of fuel needs automatically based on their upcoming journeys, rather than simply on the level of fuel in the car. This method would prevent the driver from running out of fuel on long journeys, spending time and energy on searching for filling stations in an unfamiliar area. It would be particularly useful where the drivers car ran on alternative fuels which may not be supported by all filling stations.
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Intelligent Fuel Management System
Current car fuel guages are configured to indicate when the tank is close to becoming empty, only notifying the driver when the car will soon run completely out of fuel. The problem here is that users may well be in a location that may not be close to a filling station thus they waste fuel hunting for a station, or they may be placed in a position of having to purchase relatively expensive petrol by requiring to fill up at a premium motorway service station. Current solutions to this problem are for the drivers to plan out routes in advance and determine how much fuel they need and then fill up in plenty of time before the journey. Unfortunately, not everyone does this.
A method is needed by which patterns of driving behavior are analysed automatically and the fuel gauge informs the driver of the need to fill up, based on the requirements of the forthcoming journey, rather then simply the level of fuel in the fuel gauge.
The core idea of this invention, is an agent which integrates with the car GPS system and the fuel tank, which records and analyses the drivers past journeys in
the car over a period of time, correlating them to days of the week and dates in a month. Effectively the agent builds a calendar of the drivers journeys along with details such as start location/time, end location/time, miles and fuel used to complete the journey.
It then uses this analysis to predict forthcoming journeys and determines if the driver requires more fuel to complete the predicted journey.
At the point where the driver would soon require more petrol to complete the predicted journey (plus an extra amount for contingency), the intelligent fuel gauge notifies the driver that the car would need x litres of fuel to arrive at the predicted destination
Depending on where the driver/car was located the GPS would direct the driver to the nearest petrol station that the driver most often used.
1. The driver is reminded to fill up the car before a journey takes place, allowing them to select a filling station of choice (cheapest/nearest)
2. The driver does not run out of petrol part way through a journey.
3. The driver does not have to drive miles out of their way, attempting to locate a filling station in an unfamiliar location (thus wasting time/fuel/adding unnecessary congestion to roads)
4. As cars using alternative fuels become more popular, this will assist those drivers
who are reliant upon those rarer service stations that provide an alternative fuel
By using the information on driver history and using this to predict fuel requirements, we can provide the driver with a fuel management system which would notify the driver of fuel needs automatically based on their upcoming journeys, rather than simply on the level of fuel in the car
This invention is made up of a number of components
a. Agent which monitors and records the drivers journeys (fuel used, miles cov...