Feeds

Green satnav finds eco-friendly routes

Swedes look to save planet

Boost IT visibility and business value

Swedish researchers have come up with a cunning way of using a satnav system to cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, The Guardian reports.

Instead of looking for the quickest or most direct route between two points, a prototype developed by the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden "plots the most fuel-efficient route by checking roads for traffic lights, junctions, speed limits and the tendency for traffic jams".

The system is based on a database of 15,437 jaunts around Lund which were used to "rank roads by their fuel efficiency". Team member Dr Eva Ericsson told New Scientist: "The most efficient roads are often those where you can drive at a fairly slow, constant speed, without having to stop or suddenly accelerate or decelerate."

The researchers say that early indications point to an 8.2 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, and hope that "if digital maps of cities could be improved to include details of traffic behaviour, the system could make a considerable impact on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions". ®

Bootnote

Just to pre-empt the inevitable emails: we entirely agree that the greenest possible satnav system would be one which instructed you to drive your car to the nearest scrapyard.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!
Spanish launch goes titsup, we're off to the US of A
BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE
But they'd lose a deathmatch against the coming Humvee-sized, armoured Arctic ones
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company
Ten points of stuff out of a five pound bag
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?