The impact of numerical vs. symbolic eco-driving feedback on fuel consumption – A randomized control field trial

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Abstract Despite the fact that more and more car dashboards are being equipped with powerful, high-resolution displays, allowing for radically new ways to design driving feedback, the question of what impact different design types and features have on real-world eco-driving remains largely unclear. To address this research gap, we conducted a randomized control field trial in Switzerland with 62 road assistance drivers over a period of 10 weeks, covering over 245,000 km. We evaluate the effect of eco-driving feedback on fuel consumption for two types of feedback: numerical feedback (which uses numbers and gauges to present numerical values) and symbolic feedback (which translates numerical values into symbolic representations). Both, numeric and symbolic eco-driving feedback were tested against a control group. Data analyses are performed on the level of 265,939 dynamic road segments with constant road characteristics to account for the significant effect of road attributes on fuel consumption. Results of a fixed-effects regression models reveal that only the symbolic feedback design led to significant reductions of 2–3% in fuel consumption. The effect is robust across different model specifications that control for the influence of road attributes and other covariates. We conclude that the design of eco-driving feedback can have a significant impact on its effectiveness for promoting a less fuel-consuming driving style. We conjecture that there is a large untapped potential for manufacturers to use modern digitalized dashboards that can improve the impact of driver feedback systems.
Authors Dahlinger, André; Tiefenbeck, Verena; Ryder, Benjamin; Gahr, Bernhard; Fleisch, Elgar & Wortmann, Felix
Projects Wortmann, Felix & Fleisch, Elgar (2012) Bosch Internet of Things & Services Lab [applied research project]
Journal or Publication Title Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Language English
Subjects cultural studies
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HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date December 2018
Publisher Elsevier Science
Volume 65
Page Range 375-386
Number of Pages 11
ISSN 1361-9209
ISSN-Digital 1879-2340
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2018.09.013
Depositing User Bernhard Gahr
Date Deposited 18 Oct 2018 13:29
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:36
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/255388

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Dahlinger, André; Tiefenbeck, Verena; Ryder, Benjamin; Gahr, Bernhard; Fleisch, Elgar & Wortmann, Felix (2018) The impact of numerical vs. symbolic eco-driving feedback on fuel consumption – A randomized control field trial. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 65 375-386. ISSN 1361-9209

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