Cars are part of our everyday lives. Many people drive cars because of their jobs, or
even just as a private person, because it is a relatively fast and convenient way of
transportation. But just as anything else, it has costs. With today’s prices of fuel and
servicing it can be expensive to keep up a car. Everybody wants to keep these costs low.
One can influence some of these costs by paying attention to how one drives. Our
driving style influences the vehicle’s fuel consumption, the degradation of wearing parts
and overall physical amortization. The driving style has many components like how one
handles the accelerator pedal, or how fast one goes over a bump or even whether one
turns the steering wheel while the vehicle is stationary (called dry steering).
My project is to design and implement an accelerometer based driving style analyzer
system. A microcontroller based module will be placed inside vehicles, which does the
data processing. The goal is to provide statistics about how economically, how gently
the driver drives the vehicle. In order to create these statistics, I will primarily use an
accelerometer, and I will investigate the possibilities of how we can use the data
available at the vehicle’s on-board computer to optimize and enhance the accelerometer