Patent Number: 8,793,064

Title: Vehicle fuel efficiency optimization based on vehicle usage patterns

Abstract: Approaches for indicating a vehicle fuel efficiency for at least one vehicle usage pattern are provided. Vehicle usage patterns are analyzed to discern if the vehicle is being operated in a fuel-efficient manner. Patterns of inefficient operation are detected and conveyed to the user to inform the user of the impact of his/her inefficient operation. A fuel efficiency tool provides this capability. Specifically, the fuel efficiency tool comprises: an analysis component configured to analyze a set of vehicle usage patterns of a vehicle, and a calculation component configured to calculate a vehicle fuel efficiency for each of the set of vehicle usage patterns. The fuel efficiency tool further comprises a notification component configured to provide a notification to a user of the vehicle indicating a vehicle fuel efficiency calculated for at least one of the set of vehicle usage patterns.

Inventors: Green; Rendell L. (Mansfield, TX), Hamilton, II; Rick A. (Charlottesville, VA), O'Connell; Brian M. (Research Triangle Park, NC), Seaman; James W. (Falls Church, VA), Stephan; Richard H. (Clifton Park, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 19/00 (20110101); G06G 7/76 (20060101); G06G 7/70 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018