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NREL and Volvo scope scale of autonomous driving fuel savings

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Volvo Cars have partnered in a research project, looking to find out the fuel savings that could be realized using self-driving technologies. As full electrification of new cars is going to take some time, the semi-autonomous systems like advanced cruise control (ACC) are going to appear in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for quite some time, and so NREL and Volvo want to gauge how beneficial these systems might be. NREL wanted to develop an objective measurement, and so it pulled data from Volvo cars near Gothenburg, on the ‘Drive Me’ project road network, comparing the fuel usage of those using ACC to this not using the technology. The…

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