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Can feedback from in-vehicle data recorders improve driver behavior and reduce fuel consumption?


  • Toledo, Galit
  • Shiftan, Yoram


This paper evaluates the effectiveness of feedback, based on In-Vehicle Data Recorders (IVDR), to improve driving behavior, increase driving safety, and reduce fuel consumption. We developed a framework for driving-behavior measurement, incorporating second-by-second data collected by IVDRs. IVDR units were installed in over 150 vehicles driven by more than 350 drivers for over a year. The experiment was divided into three stages. The first stage was a “blind”, control stage, with no feedback. The second stage incorporated verbal feedback given only to riskiest drivers. In the third stage all drivers received a bi-weekly written report about their driving performance. Safety events, such as braking, lateral acceleration or speeding, were recorded. Supplementary data regarding safety related events and fuel consumption were also collected. Safety incidents and fuel consumption were modeled as a function of IVDR measurement-based events, in order to identify which events best reflect safety incidents and excessive fuel consumption. Our results show that braking events best explain safety incidents, and all events together best explain fuel consumption. In addition, we found that for the riskiest drivers, feedback significantly reduced the IVDR events. Our models show that feedback can lead to a reduction of 8% in safety incidents, and 3–10% in fuel consumption, with a larger reduction obtained for large vehicles.

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  • Toledo, Galit & Shiftan, Yoram, 2016. "Can feedback from in-vehicle data recorders improve driver behavior and reduce fuel consumption?," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 194-204.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:94:y:2016:i:c:p:194-204
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.09.001

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