Discover here the latest advances of the Ecotravid project
2021, 26th July
VMC Engineers Complete 18 months of Data Analysis
Software engineers have just completed 18 months of analysis of all the data collected for ECOTRAVID’s Virtual Measurement Campaign (VMC)* since its launch in January 2020.
The data, which covers approximately 100,000 kms (62,000 miles) per vehicle of ‘real-life’ journeys on public roads, has been gathered from the 40 trucks and trailers involved in the campaign and operated by transportation and logistics expert Samat.
Transmitted back to the fleet management platform of project coordinator CLS at very high frequency, it is being used to fine-tune and adapt the VMC software.
Full range of variables
The responsibility of mathematical research institute Fraunhofer ITWM – developers of the VMC software – analysis of all this data relies on clustering of the routes measured, which cover everything from inner-city to minor country roads to motorways.
Each route is subdivided into single trips and then different road-type segments, with specific elements such as fuel consumption computed for each segment individually.
And each segment is travelled multiple times in different traffic situations and with different drivers in order to provide a full range of variables in terms of mass and speed for each fixed slope profile.
The end result of this data analysis phase will be to provide detailed insights into vehicle performance and estimated energy consumption for any virtual drive, enabling ITWM to perfect the parameters and algorithms used in its VMC software.
Once the software has been finalized, the campaign will move on to its Demonstrator Development phase.
*ECOTRAVID is an EU-backed project to provide a tool that will significantly reduce emissions from Europe’s vital road haulage industry. It is co-financed by LIFE, the financial instrument of the European Union. The aim of its Virtual Measurement Campaign (VMC) is to develop road haulage software capable of calculating the greenest route for any specific journey in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, by using information on a range of variables such as topography, traffic and driver behaviour. This ECOTRAVID project consortium is an international collaboration composed by 3 members, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM, based in Germany), Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS, based in France) and Samat Aquitaine (based in France).
2021, 30th June
ECOTRAVID Pilot in Full Swing
The measurement campaign of LIFE’s ECOTRAVID pilot is in full swing, with nearly all of the 40 trucks and trailers involved in the project and operated by transportation and logistics expert Samat now fitted with their onboard terminals.
This pilot measurement phase will help build the Virtual Measurement Campaign (VMC) software developed by Fraunhofer ITWM, which will be integrated into the fleet management platform of project coordinator CLS.
The aim of the VMC software is to calculate and suggest the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective routes for any specific transport mission. To achieve this, it takes into account realistic vehicle models for trucks/trailers and the influence of the driver. Its algorithms also use real-world data, including the course of the road itself, plus influencing factors such as topography and traffic. The simulations enable detailed calculations of consumption and energy losses for specific transport missions, including the analysis of different types of losses (e.g. air, rolling and gradient resistance).
Specific embedded software has been developed and integrated into two different types of terminals – one connected to each truck FMS and one on each trailer EBS– which have been constantly transmitting high-frequency (up to 1 sec) data back to project HQ ever since the pilot’s launch at the start of 2020.This “real-life data” on public roads is used to feed the VMC in order to verify the new models and fine-tune the algorithms and provide a series of route alternatives. In addition to existing distance and time factors, these route proposals are ranked according to fuel consumption and green criteria.
Once the measurement campaign is complete, the project will move on to the demonstration phase, with Samat’s operations manager using the VMC-enhanced system for all daily route planning in order to assess and demonstrate its efficacy. The overall aim of this EU-backed project is to provide a tool that will significantly reduce emissions from Europe’s vital road haulage industry.
The LIFE ECOTRAVID project is co-financed by the financial instrument of the European Union, LIFE.
2020, 16th March
Terminals ready to be installed in Samat’s vehicles (20 trucks and 20 trailers)
CLS has finished the developments that were specified by ITWM for the two types of terminals (one for trucks and one for semi-trailers), so that specific data channels can be retrieved from the vehicles at the right accuracy and time resolution. Once the terminals are ready, the installation in the 20 trucks and 20 trailers provided by Samat has started (mid-December). The measurement campaign phase will then start, by January 2020. The measurement campaign will keep on producing valuable data during the rest of the project. These data will allow Fraunhofer to refine and adapt the VMC algorithms to the environment and context of the road transports by trucks and semi-trailers