COST OF URBAN CAR TRAVEL

IN ORDER TO ESTIMATE THE RUNNING COST OF CARS, GASOLINE CONSUMPTION RATES WERE DETERMINED DIRECTLY BY MEASUREMENTS, OTHER COST COMPONENTS BY RELATING THEM TO GASOLINE CONSUMPTION. THE INFLUENCE OF SOME SECONDARY FACTORS WAS ASSESSED AND ELIMINATED IF POSSIBLE, DRIVER'S PERFORMANCE WAS CONSIDERED. THE RATES OF GASOLINE CONSUMPTION AT UNIFORM SPEEDS WERE MEASURED FOR SPEEDS UP TO 50 MPH AND FOR GRADES UP TO 8 PER CENT. FOR URBAN CONDITIONS, DATA WERE COLLECTED FROM 39 TEST ROUTES IN SYDNEY AND 8 IN MELBOURNE. THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN OPERATIONAL VARIABLES WERE EXAMINED IN REGRESSION ANALYSES. GASOLINE RATES WERE FOUND TO BE HIGHLY CORRELATED WITH TRAVEL TIME AND ALSO WITH STOPS, TAKEN SINGULARLY, AND WERE MULTI-CORRELATED WITH OTHERS, SUCH AS GEAR CHANGES, STOPPED TIME, NUMBER OF CORNERS, GRADE AND RATE OF RISE AND FALL. COLLECTION OF 8 CARS OF VARIOUS GROSS WEIGHTS WAS USED TO RELATE GASOLINE RATES TO VEHICLE WEIGHT. COST RECORDS FOR A SAMPLE OF 80 CARS AND STATION WAGONS WERE STUDIED FOR THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE RUNNING COST AND THE COST OF GASOLINE. AN ESTIMATE OF DIRECT RUNNING COSTS WAS OBTAINED IN TERMS OF GROSS WEIGHT AND TRAVEL SPEED. /AUTHOR/

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Spec Rept NO 5, 153 PP
  • Corporate Authors:

    ARRB Group Ltd.

    Vermont South, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • PELENSKY, E
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

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  • Accession Number: 00201972
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1971 12:00AM