Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2009
Earthrise Technologies (http://www.earthrisetech.com) and the College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT; http://www.cert.ucr.edu) at the University of California -Riverside are announcing a research and development partnership to explore technology and solutions for eco-driving and eco-navigation. CE-CERT is conducting a research study to determine the energy and environmental benefits of providing drivers with a variety of dynamic advice and feedback regarding fuel consumption and efficiency. One of these feedback items is a real-time indicator of a vehicle’s fuel use, allowing the drivers to relate their driving style to their vehicle’s fuel economy, and possibly adjust their driving behaviors accordingly to save fuel and reduce emissions. By allowing drivers to realize and monitor their costs of driving, it is hoped that drivers would practice eco-friendly driving; thereby, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
To accomplish this, CE-CERT will use in its study the Eco-Way, the first Internet-connected personal navigation device with a physical connection to the vehicle’s engine control bus. Eco-Way, provided by Earthrise Technologies (a division of Digisec Group; http://www.digisecgroup.com) shows drivers, in real time, their vehicle’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions using a Prius-like moving bar graph display, and provides advice to drivers helping them improve their fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. The Eco-Way application set also includes vehicle diagnostics, vehicle and driver performance reporting, navigation, real-time traffic reports, internet connectivity, and more.
Of particular importance in the study is the development of eco-driving algorithms which will essentially provide a real-time guide for the drivers, telling them what their throttle position actually is and where it should be in order to maximize fuel efficiency. Equally important is the engineering of the displays and notifications presented to the drivers so as to provide the right amount of actionable eco-information while ensuring safe operation of the vehicle.
“We are very excited to be working with a renowned institution for transportation and environmental research on this very important project. The California Air Resources Board has identified transportation as the number one source of green house gas (GHG) emissions in California, contributing more than 38% of all man-made CO22 emissions, and automobiles make up the vast majority of the Transportation sector. Additionally, Transportation is by far the greatest consumer of petroleum resources in the world. There are now close to 1 billion cars on the planet and within a few decades that number will double. One proven way to reduce emissions and fuel usage across all these vehicles is through effective conservation programs, and the CE-CERT project aims to evaluate the impact of these programs among U.S. drivers,” noted Jim DiSanto, President of Earthrise Technologies.
“We are pleased that Earthrise is participating in this project with us. Their Eco-Way connected navigation system is unique in that it interfaces directly with the vehicle and provides the real-time performance information we need to drive information displays and analysis.”, said Kanok Boriboonsomsin, the Principal Investigator of the study.
For more information, please contact:
Jim DiSanto, Earthrise Technologies, Inc.
About Earthrise Technologies and Digisec Group.
Earthrise Technoloiges is a wholly owned division of Digisec Group (http://www.digisecgroup.com), a Caymans Corporation. In addition to Earthrise, Digisec owns and operates CCYamei Electronics, the leading after-market manufacturer of automotive security and safety products in China. Products include EZ-GO smart key system, All-Way GPS/GSM tracking and security system, and the new Eco-Way navigation system with Eco-Driving and vehicle diagnostics.
About University of California-Riverside’s CE-CERT
CE-CERT was established as a model for partnerships among industry, government, and academia, with the goals to become a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment. CE-CERT’s research areas include transportation systems, emissions and fuels, sustainable energy systems, and atmospheric processes.