Using telematics data including position data and vehicle analytics to train drivers to improve efficiency of vehicle use

  • US 10,223,935 B2
  • Filed: 07/24/2018
  • Issued: 03/05/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method to improve operating efficiency of a vehicle, comprising:

  • operating the vehicle over a plurality of selected segments, each segment having an associated segment length;

    selecting, with a computing device, one or more driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metrics on which to generate a driver efficiency score, the one or more driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metrics drawn from a plurality of driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metrics including;

    an amount of time that the vehicle is idling or not idling within each of the plurality of selected segments,an amount of time that the vehicle is operated above or below a determined engine speed within each of the plurality of selected segments,an amount of time that the vehicle is operated above or below a determined vehicle speed within each of the plurality of selected segments, andan amount of time that the vehicle is operated using or not using cruise control within each of the plurality of selected segments;

    within each of the plurality of selected segments, automatically collecting vehicle data associated with each selected driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metric, the vehicle data automatically collected with a plurality of independent sensors including at least one engine-based sensor and at least one telematics sensor;

    ignoring incidents of cruise control not being used for downhill driving conditions;

    selecting at least one model efficiency factor associated with each selected driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metric;

    calculating with the computing device a plurality of interim driver efficiency values, the plurality of interim driver efficiency values including at least one interim driver efficiency value per selected segment and per selected driver-controllable fuel efficient behavior metric, each interim driver efficiency value calculated using automatically collected vehicle data and a selected model efficiency factor;

    calculating a driver efficiency score that is between a lowest efficiency value and a highest efficiency value, the driver efficiency score calculated with the computing device from some but not all of the plurality of interim driver efficiency values;

    determining how much fuel is consumed by the vehicle within each of the plurality of selected segments;

    determining an amount of fuel used by the vehicle when the driver could have used cruise control but did not;

    applying a corrective factor based on efficiency gains related to cruise control use to determine an amount of fuel wasted when not using cruise control;

    determining whether or not the driver efficiency score is less than the highest efficiency value;

    based on a determination that the driver efficiency score is less than the highest efficiency value, calculating a value representative of the fuel wasted within each of the plurality of selected segments due to the one or more driver-controllable fuel efficient behaviors; and

    in response to a user request, concurrently displaying the driver efficiency score and the value representative of the fuel wasted.

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