REDUCTION Field Trials
Trainose Field Trial, Greece
From May to June of 2014 TRAINOSE implemented the optimized model in 5 pilot tests. Before these tests we came in contact with some drivers so to present them the study. Some of these drivers participated in field trial tests and evaluated the study in real life.
The first part of the educational process was the presentation of the technical manual. There were lots of questions concerning this first part. We discussed in depth the problems of implement a theoretical study in practice. For first time drivers came in touch with energy consumption problems and they were impressed about the real meaning of the good driving. Also they informed us that before 100 years, when locomotives were working with coal, there was a "coal reward" for bad drivers. The output of this was that all of the drivers were trying to drive reasonably so to take this extra monthly fee in their salary.
After the education we went together with drivers so to implement this study in a field test. Drivers were listening carefully the directions. It was real difficult to put in practice a paper study. Lot of times drivers act randomly - for example if an accident is going to happen.
The final result was that after this field trial no one seems to follow in depth this study. The final analysis of the behavior shows that drivers "hunting" a maximum speed of 140km/h or 160km/h without worrying about energy consumption. But drivers gave us the solution for that problem.
Today with the existence of smart metering in electric trains it is much easier to apply the idea of the "coal reward". TRAINOSE is going to implement smart meters in all of the trains so to observe the driving behavior and implement "coal reward" in practice. After this all the drivers will try to catch the perfect consumption. They know that following REDUCTION study / guidline there are lot of chances to catch minimum energy consumption.
CTL Field Trial, Cyprus
CTL (Cyprus Transport Logistics Ltd. Nicosia) with Istognosis Ltd. Nicosia, Cyprus and Delphi installed 5 OBU-V2X devices on 5 OSEL buses to test V2I 3G communications and develop fuel efficient driving guidelines based on the data mining methodology developed by University of Hildesheim. University of Thessaly tested the V2V communications in Volos, Greece.
CTL and Network Modeling Center (NMC) developed a new Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) model to analyze networks with two or more classes of users using a generalized cost function(tolls, travel time, fuel consumption)