System Integration for Alternating Drives Between Machine and Human for Better Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Zhijun Tang, Eaton Corporation
Xubin Song, Eaton Corporation

When working to improve vehicle energy efficiency, engineers must consider how the vehicle is operated. Different drivers and driving styles can create significant differences in actual fuel economy from the same type of vehicles. Eaton is developing LookAhead technology to minimize the drive odds for achieving the driving consistency for better fuel economy. The modularized system includes a GPS-based map database, mobile broadband traffic information, and on-board vehicular radar. With the application of Vehicle Network Toolbox™ and a single board computer, the LookAhead system can be integrated seamlessly into the Eaton UltraShift Plus powertrain system on a Class 8 long-haul truck. This presentation shows the details of system integration including related test data to demonstrate the effectiveness of this technology for improving the fuel economy.

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Recorded: 9 May 2013