Emission and Consumption Calculation Software based on Trip Data Measured by Vehicle On-Board Unit
ECOTRIP Is a modelling and calculation system to improve the sustainable management and security of the flow of people, vehicles and goods. ECOTRIP calculates the fuel consumption, the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and the main air pollutants produced by combustion of vehicles engines, both during the heating phase of the engine (cold emission) and during the operating temperature (hot emission).
This good practice targets the decision-makers involved in policies for mobility and urban traffic. The innovative character and the originality of the software ECOTRIP come from the ability to use data in real time, on the actual paths, on the drive cycle and on the characteristics of the vehicle, as well as operating on different levels of aggregation and detail, according to the journey data made available by the operational centre that controls and manages all on-board units installed in vehicles.
ECOTRIP incorporates multiple methodological approaches with levels of accuracy and computational complexity that can provide estimates for fuel consumption and vehicle emissions, both from aggregate kinematic parameters for each covered route and from the instantaneous velocity profiles measured with a frequency of 1Hz.The automobile market can be affected by a conversion of the sector towards energy efficiency and new forms of motorization. ECOTRIP can support the current trend of diffusion of ICT on board the vehicle fleet, improving the accuracy and validity of the estimates.

Resources needed

ECOTRIP software by ENEA is available on licensing and it can be consulted in the ENEA Patent database from 13 September 2012. The data must be managed by expert personnel and represent a valid tool to support the activities of monitoring vehicle traffic and mobility management.

Evidence of success

ECOTRIP was applied in the Province of Rome, the most populous province of Italy. The novelty of the service lies in the ability to aggregate travel data made available by the operations centre that monitors and manages all on-board units installed in vehicles. Ecotrip provides geo-referenced estimates on fuel consumption and pollutant emissions, thus achieving a useful tool for monitoring and evaluation of energy-environmental impacts of road traffic.

Difficulties encountered

The capacity of providing punctual estimates and geo-referenced emissions represent a new and valid system able to support tools to reduce traffic pollution, traffic flows and offer traffic simulation models to develop, evaluate and manage increasingly complex mobility scenarios.

Potential for learning or transfer

ECOTRIP gives the opportunity to the organisation would use it, for:
- a knowledge of mobility with a resolution space-time push and reliable
- characterization of road traffic intensity, displacement and stops
- checking the variation in time of the travel behaviour
- targeted studies on the feasibility and the impact of measures (Electric vehicles, car sharing, car parks).
Therefore, the main users of the product are the companies managing Car Data systems, pursuing the goal of developing new applications targeted at public administrations, local authorities, motorway / road operators and Agencies of mobility, in order to improve and innovate the processes of monitoring and traffic management in the field of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The product has all the qualities to contribute to the development of new applications aimed at the insurance market for the management of new car insurances that would reward the people who pollute less.
Main institution
Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development
Lazio, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
May 2011
End Date


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