VEHICLE ROUTE SELECTION BASED ON ENERGY USAGE

  • US 20110238457A1
  • Filed: 11/24/2010
  • Published: 09/29/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of optimizing energy use of a powered vehicle, the method comprising:

  • by a computer system comprising computer hardware;

    identifying a starting waypoint and a destination waypoint, wherein the starting waypoint and the destination waypoint comprise three-dimensional location data having a latitude component, a longitude component, and an elevation component;

    determining a plurality of candidate transportation routes from the starting waypoint location to the destination waypoint location based, at least in part, on shortest distance or shortest transit time;

    calculating an energy use estimate for each of the candidate transportation routes;

    ranking the candidate transportation routes based, at least in part, on the calculated energy use estimate of each of the candidate transportation routes; and

    identifying a preferred transportation route from the candidate transportation routes based, at least in part, on the calculated energy use estimates of the candidate transportation routes.

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