Application Tested in the Practice of the Partners
The VMC-based software was integrated into the fleet management platform of the French project coordinator Collecte Localisation Satellites. This system dynamically supports planning and decision-making in fleet management. In addition to the shortest and fastest route, it suggests other consumption-oriented alternatives. This makes it possible to see where fuel and thus emissions can be saved.
To demonstrate the efficiency of the innovative tool, a two-stage pilot test was carried out with 20 trucks and 20 trailers provided by the French project partner Groupe SAMAT SA under normal operating conditions and for various transport tasks. In the first phase, the simulations predicted a reduction in consumption to about 30 percent of trips, based on data from real SAMAT jobs. Taking into account the frequencies of the trips, the overall reduction in fuel consumption was approximately 3.5 percent.
In the second phase, we confirmed this by taking measurements on real transport routes. We were able to extend the method to other applications (e.g., supermarket deliveries) - also on the basis of simulations.
The methods (including route analysis and vehicle simulation) and techniques (web services) will continue to be developed after the end of the project, especially in the direction of applications in the field of e-mobility and alternative drives.