Soon, cars that give drivers fuel saving advices

March 9th, 2009 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, March 9 (ANI): Cars that give owners tips on how to attain maximum mileage while driving may soon be reality, thanks to a technology that is due in an Audi that wil be launched in Australia early next year.
The technology monitors driver behaviour and offers advice to cut fuel use, in turn reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
The advices it gives include tips on the best gear to be in, not putting your foot on the clutch too early, and not using the accelerator when starting the car.
It even alerts the driver to how much air-conditioning, seat heaters and window demisters add to fuel consumption.
This technology, which may help reduce fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent, will initially be available only on the most efficient Audi models.
However, it can be adapted to any vehicle.
“It’’s a very new technology and we”re not sure how the customers will react. We are not trying to be schoolmasters. It gives you hints and tips about your driving style, so it could be a bit dangerous (in how some people accept such advice),” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted an Audi technical development engineer, Thomas Kamla, as saying.
He says that their new technology offers a way to involve drivers regarding the subject of fuel consumption.
“We are convinced it helps drivers to save fuel depending on your driving style, maybe an average between 10 and 15 per cent. If this experiment is successful we”ll bring it to market with all cars,” he added. (ANI)

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