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System and method to monitor driving performance to improve fuel efficiency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000227981D
Publication Date: 2013-May-30
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Abstract

This invention suggests a device that not calculates miles per gallon (MPG) and also monitors driving patterns, vehicle status and reports on ways the driver can improve fuel efficiency.

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System and method to monitor driving performance to improve fuel efficiency
In today's environmentally and economically conscious environment, controlling the fuel consumption of automobiles and other road vehicles is critical. In the information technology industry, it is possible to monitor and manage computer system performance. Drivers of automobiles should also be able to monitor and report on driving performance and the resulting consumption of fuel.

The closest existing technology in this space is the MPG indicator on some vehicles, which reports the average MPG based on distance driven and fuel consumed. While this indicator is a good piece of information, the driver isn't given any feedback on how they personally can, by changing their habits, improve fuel efficiency. The driver needs to research ways to improve fuel efficiency and see if it works by trial-and-error.

These drivers can use a device that drivers can add onto their existing car or is integrated into their car that not only calculates MPG, but also monitors driving patterns and vehicle status and reports on ways the driver can improve fuel efficiency. The suggested device would monitor the vehicle and driver's behavior and actions and give recommendations about how to change those behaviors and actions to improve fuel efficiency.

Some of the aspects monitored can include safe techniques espoused by hypermilers. (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypermiler) These can include, but are not lim...