Leveraging Real-World Driving Data for Design and Impact Evaluation of Energy Efficient Control Strategies: SAE Technical Paper No. 2020-01-0585

Bharatkumar Hegde, Steven Muldoon, Michael O'Keefe, Jeffrey Gonder

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Modeling and simulation are crucial in the development of advanced energy efficient control strategies. Utilizing real-world driving data as the underlying basis for control design and simulation lends veracity to projected real-world energy savings. Standardized drive cycles are limited in their utility for evaluating advanced driving strategies that utilize connectivity and on-vehicle sensing, primarily because they are typically intended for evaluating emissions and fuel economy under controlled conditions. Real-world driving data, because of its scale, is a useful representation of various road types, driving styles, and driving environments. The scale of real-world data also presents challenges in effectively using it in simulations. A fast and efficient simulation methodology is necessary to handle the large number of simulations performed for design analysis and impact evaluation of control strategies. In this study, two methods are presented of leveraging real-world data in both design optimization of energy efficient control strategies and in evaluating the real-world impact of those control strategies upon large-scale deployment. Through these methodologies, strategies with highest impact on energy savings were selected to be implemented as control algorithms. The developed algorithms were incorporated into a vehicle dynamics and powertrain control architecture implemented on a Cadillac CT6 demonstration vehicle. The control algorithms were then exercised on real-world driving scenarios to determine their impact on collective energy savings. The methodology utilizes the large-scale driving data sets maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to extract real-world driving scenarios and efficient simulation software tools. The insights obtained through this research help in guiding technology selection for energy efficient driving controls.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2020
EventWCX 2020 World Congress Experience - Detroit, Michigan
Duration: 21 Apr 202023 Apr 2020


ConferenceWCX 2020 World Congress Experience
CityDetroit, Michigan

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5400-75200


  • ARPA-E
  • automated vehicles
  • CAVs
  • connected vehicles
  • eco-driving
  • FASTSim
  • fuel savings
  • large-scale simulations
  • TSDC


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