The idea is any beast, yet should think about: encourage drivers to be reasonable driving by pay cheaper fuel. The principle is quite simple: the driver who would adopt a flexible pipe and mash would be rewarded in arriving at the pump via a discount on the price of fuel. The idea comes from Logica services company, which has developed a fully patented system, called EMO, week presented last in Paris. Its Genesis is quite classical and revealing of the route of innovation in many corporations. "An engineer was stupid to have to review his car to the garage and imagined that it would be possible to remotely by passing certain parameters," recalls GBS Bindra, Director of innovation at Logica. Found interesting, the concept has been and study. With a main question: how to create value "The idea then arose to link up with the price of energy," says GBS Bindra. To enter a company less dependent on carbon-based energy sources, il must create a new economic model. And the only one who can really walk, it is economically rewarding to be green.
Engineers then went to work and have developed a prototype. The central and essential component consists of a sensor ("on board unit") that connects on the electronic control of the engine ("engine control unit"). He recorded in real time the data related to the conduct and the emissions of pollutants and gases greenhouse. Upon arrival in the station, at the time of filling, the sensor will have identified excessive acceleration or sudden braking and calculated an average of the performance of the driver since his previous visit to the pump. It will then by radio the data to the fuel pump. The latter will connect immediately, via the GSM telephone network to a central computer, which in turn will indicate a price of fuel calculated based on the performance of the driver.
Tested in Bangalore
Bertrand-Olivier Ducreux, engineer in the Department of transport and mobility of Ademe (environment and energy control agency) and specialist in eco-driving, is interested but still skeptical on the advertised performance: "I am not persuaded that a single device can bring as many results that Logica claims." When we do this type of action, the trunk of the car is full of equipment. "Such a system, now tested in the streets of Bangalore with a dozen of vehicles is feasible on a large scale, particularly in France, where it is difficult to promote eco-driving "If this concerns the oil companies, or even insurance companies, it can first interested Governments." "Remember that, in most countries, the price of fuel is composed 70 of taxes", insists GBS Bindra.
In fact, the idea engages specialists. "One might think a car manufacturer, with the purchase of a car so equipped, give you courses of eco-driving.". "It could also imagine that interested some tankers, with a decrease in fuel consumption, gain emission certificates," explains Alain Besanšon, responsible for transport and mobility for Ademe in Aquitaine mission.
Bertrand-Olivier Ducreux is more doubtful: "proponents of the system promise 15-18 decline in consumption." This leaves me puzzled, as it is shown that practicing eco-driving you earn already 10 to 15 of fuel. Prior to instrumentation, it is in our view better to focus on training to demonstrate that not only the eco produces no loss of time, but it's a new skill and better use of the vehicle. "Another concern, the price. Logica estimated the cost of such sensor approximately 60 euros. "The price quickly decline as it would be manufactured in series and volume", ensures GBS Bindra.
Technology however seems carrier promises, recognizes Bertrand - Olivier Ducreux: "monitoring consumption and the emission of pollutants by the instrumentation is in the air of the time." Systems under development today to consider assistance to the driver by providing information in real time. Also may be considered to compare performance with other motorists.