The Intelligent Drive Efficiency Assistant (IDEA) is a product under development as part of the EcoCAR Competition. Unlike traditional hybrid control systems, which are typically reactive, IDEA attempts to identify up-coming driving conditions and make recommendations to the hybrid system’s supervisory control unit. Recommendations are based on knowledge of terrain, traffic, and past driver accelerations. For instance, if a hill is anticipated, the vehicle’s engine will be activated ahead of reaching the slope in order to more efficiently handle the transition in driving condition. As another example, if the vehicle anticipates upcoming stop-and-go traffic based on past driving experiences, the engine may be turned off allowing regenerative braking to provide the necessary power generation to sustain the vehicle’s batteries.
Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Stansbury is a course leader for the senior design experience for all ECSSE students, in addition to being an active researcher in the area of regulatory concerns for the introduction of unmanned aerial systems into the National Air Space.