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Smartphone app for improving driving style; improved safety, lower fuel consumption

The Group of Computer Networks-DISCA of the Universitat Politècnica de València has developed a smartphone application that characterizes our driving style. The new DrivingStyles app, currently available for Android-based phone, detects bad habits and helps promote better driving behavior.

Using a Bluetooth device, the application collects information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle such as speed, acceleration, revs, accelerator position and geographical position by GPS. After gathering the information, the user sends the route data to a web site where they are analyzed.

From an algorithm based on neural networks the system is able to characterize the type of road and the user’s driving style.

— Carlos Tavares, head researcher of the project

The Valencian researchers aim to help correct bad driving habits, especially the overly aggressive driving patterns that are generally associated with greater danger while driving and higher fuel consumption.

Drivers involved in this pilot experiment have direct access to all routes recorded by the web portal of the platform and to data such as acceleration graphics, speed and route maps, including also an individualized analysis of driving style. A correct driving behavior can save up to 20% of fuel consumption and improve road safety, the researchers say.



Good idea. As smart phones and tablets are getting smarter and more powerful, they could do a lot more than communication and games with their future 4K ultra high precision OLED displays, precision GPS, super fast CPU and GPU, increased memory, high speed wireless video/audio/data capabilities, etc.

They could test drivers faculties and skill on a continuous basis, offer advice and even take over when needed.

Jimmy Jam

For one thing, newer approaches inevitably involve long sequences of multiple images -- the more, the better.

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