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Sure, you can save fuel by making lighter cars and more efficient engines or by adding new batteries, but what if fuel economy could be boosted just by changing the bad habits of drivers? That’s exactly what researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) are working to do. Using a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy, the group of scientists is finding ways to change our behavior when we’re in the driver’s seat to maximize our mileage and improve our fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent. It may seem easy, but we all know that old habits die hard.

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  1. caeman September 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The Stop Light and Stop Signs are the enemy of efficient driving.

  2. mobilesurf September 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I think that one of the most effective ways to change people’s behavior is to add a “game layer” to fuel consumption feedback. The key to this would be to make it so that each person’s carkey is tied to their gas consumption score. This way you could even have people’s score uploaded to internet and compared to other people driving a similar route. The reason Foursquare has been so successful even though they weren’t the first, they figured out how to turn “checking in” into a game.

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