When data talks, everyone listens.
And we are no different. In fact, the core of ZENE’s offering is interpretation and correlation of driving behavior and engine performance data. While we love our product, what it offers is only half-baked, if users can’t receive the right representation of their car’s performance or their driving behavior.
ZENE does a lot of data crunching in real-time (at Smart device and server side) and some offline analysis to understand driving behavior and performance. There are multiple parts of this data puzzle – some running on device side and some on server side – that run in tandem to provide a complete analysis of your drive and car’s performance.
Here is a glimpse of some of the data points that we capture and some that we use to understand the correlation. Sample set is based on a 30 KM ride, representing different driving and performance conditions. Following is a basic plot of raw data that we capture during each ride.
Understanding Trip Economy (Instantaneous and Overall)
As instantaneous economy might not be the best way to understand your car’s performance, we provide an average of your trip’s economy through ZENE Smart app. You can easily gauge how certain conditions such as speed, load, idling are impacting your car’s fuel economy – don’t worry, we will tell you what to blame! And correct.
Smart has multiple algorithms running in parallel to ensure that data is captured every fraction of a second to give you a right insight into your car’s economy.
Understanding Engine Performance (Load, RPM, Economy and Speed)
The load calculated using Smart is a percentage of peak available torque for your car’s engine. Higher load typically correlates with higher RPM and when mapped with Speed, it can provide a good insight whether you are putting engine under undue stress, and whether you are getting optimal economy.
It may, possibly, be because of driving in a low gear at a higher RPM. But there are other parameters such as type of car, inclination that we consider to give you a better insight into your driving.
Understanding Driving Behavior (Bad versus Good driving)
Driving behavior is one key metric that feeds into Smart’s analysis of how your car is being driven. While Hard Braking doesn’t impact the fuel economy directly, it does reduce economy indirectly as you should rather be coasting than stopping. Frequent hard brakes not only affects fuel economy, but is also bad for brake pads!
Likewise, hard acceleration impacts fuel economy guided by higher RPM and need for more fuel to the engine. That said, you use more fuel than required to reach the same speed, had it been done gradually.
Smart captures your driving behavior data based on hard braking, acceleration or cornering conditions and correlates that with other data points such as idling, speeding to provide a Z-Score.
Key lies not in capturing these data points, but in correlating the impact, duration and consequence of those. It is not only about the behavior, but also the ways with which you can get best performance from your car.
Many of us know this intuitively, many won’t bother to look, but when it comes to saving real money and getting best performance from car, most would take notice. And we are here to help make that transition.
We will look at how certain driving behavior impacts car’s performance and vice-versa in following posts.
Smart Car. Smarter You.