DOE Fleet In-Vehicle Data Acquistion System (FIDAS) Technical Support and Testing

This report documents the research project "DOE Fleet In-Vehicle Data Acquisition System (FIDAS) Technical Support and Testing." The project goals were to assess the current state-of-the-art for fleet tracking, perform a pilot study for a portion of the Caltrans light vehicle fleet, assess areas for potentials improvements and savings, and perform a cost-benefit analysis. The report provides background and literature and product review, including commercial off-the-shelf systems as well as previous research using similar devices. An overview of the FIDAS pilot study with 200 vehicles, along with lesson learned is provided, followed by a cost-benefit analysis based on the data gathered from the pilot study. The pilot study shows that fuel used due to speeding over 80 MPH is about 1%, and due to idling is about 13%. Eliminating 85% of speeding and idling is a realistic goal, and would result in 12% fuel savings. In addition, the study showed that installation of telematics devices doesn't by itself change driver behavior in reducing idling or speeding without coaching, contrary to some FIDAS solution providers' claims. The pilot study also demonstrated that when a speeding policy is implemented and enforced, driver behavior will change, resulting in significant drop in speeding violations and duration. Therefore, policies on reducing idling and speeding must be established and enforced, including coaching and training, in order to gain the benefits of idling and speeding reduction. The Cost-Benefit analysis illustrated that 12% fuel reduction would result in a return of investment in about 5 years for a full FIDAS implementation.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 125p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CA16-2516, UCD-ARR-15-09-30-02
  • Contract Numbers: IA 65A0416, Task 2516
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2016 5:40PM