University project uses an iPhone to increase a car's fuel efficiency
1. redman (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 May 2008)
Finally, this is exactly what I try and do with my driving habits already since moving from a sedan (with 20+ mpg) to an SUV (with 15 mpg). Here are some other details that also go along with this idea that I incorporate and hopefully are beneficial:
- consider the cars that are also approaching the light with me and how they will affect this
- if I have a long approach and can coast up to the light I shift into neutral far ahead of coming to a stop (not sure if this reduces the transmission life though)
- if I know the light is going to turn green soon (by looking at the cross traffic lights) I try not to even slow down. I know this has its problems...
I hope they continue to work on this and bring it out to the public.
2. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I think this is amazing. If it is saving 20% you know this will be a paid app. If it works as well as it seems it could I would pay $4.99 one time.
3. firebo14 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
iphone's GPS and camera. There are better phones with 1080p video, a GPS, and is faster. You can do the same.
Project SignalGuru needs to do this on better smartphones.
10. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)
You're not your :/ Don't call people a retard when you can't even spell.
13. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
The inability to spell does not make me a retard. But your lack of sense makes you developmentally delayed.
9. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
and a hater. Why do i need 1080 on a damn phone? Do you people on this site listen to yourselves?
5. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
this is very interesting and i find it very usefull specially because i drive a truck that does 16mpg!! atleast this will be a productive way to use the phone to save money, now that all we do with phones is spend money..
i wouldnt use an iphone for this so please try better phone for testing
6. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Lol I've always done this. Almost all traffic lights are timed either in 30 second or 45 second intervals(exept for the small lights on side streets which are weight activated)
I thinks its the dumbest thing when I see people zooming by me when I can see the light up ahead is going to be turning red way before anything but a Lambo is able to catch it while its still green lol.
7. M005E (unregistered)
Baaahhhahahah Oh no don't use an iphone,not an iphone, wake up smell the coffee, the phone you have is of no interest to the most normal humans the artical is the interest not your smart phone prefference
12. Penny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
No knock against the iPhone specifically here, but the key to efficient driving is maximum coasting and minimal braking, and I feel like people should know this already. I mean when I drive, it is a pretty natural action for me to look ahead at the next signal light and gauge the best plan of action (in terms of getting stuck at red lights for a minimal amount of time). I'm not sure what you all are doing while you're driving if you need an app to help you do this.
15. thekalbo (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Jun 2008)
Hmmm... concerned people will be checking their phone to see if they should brake and meanwhile will crash into cars waiting at a red light. A better solution to this problem is to have traffic lights synchronized so a driver travelling at a steady (legal) speed gets all green lights.