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car,driver as one

data collection for a personalised engine setup
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I think I'm a relatively good driver but the need for a tuneup would suggest otherwise.

When buying a car, the company of choice could loan a tricked out equivalent. This vehicle, over a couple of weeks, could gather data on the driving style of the purchaser. Databases of anonymous individuals would eventually make wider decision electronics.

The processed data could then be used to alter the lookup tables in the electronics. The engine would then be more equiped to handle the driving styles that cause problems such as engine wear and combustion efficiency loss.

The current lookup tables, I imagine, would be for a bell shaped distribution to try and cover all styles of driver balanced against perfect isolated engine dynamics.

Even if drivers are prismed into a few more groups , it must be better for engines. Closer to perfection. This sampling would also work for electric cars and charging.

wjt, Jun 22 2014


       In a drive by wire situation the engine is able to filter all inputs that would cause harm or undue wear, in all cases, with all drivers. In this case only the use of substandard parts or fluids, the neglect of maintenance, or stressful use (extremes of temperature or constant stopping and starting) could cause accelerated wear. A car that can inform you that the oil that you are using is the wrong viscosity, or that the air filter has become restrictive would be nice, but in terms of the life of the entire vehicle it would be no better than a proper maintenance schedule. In the days of carburetors mechanical distributors and copper spark plug electrodes, "tuning" was an artistic act which did indeed take into account the nature of use and the habits of the driver, by necessity. Now, by all merits, the engine part of the equation is completely flexible and unperturbed by differences between drivers.
WcW, Jun 22 2014

       It's Monday morning, so I read that as cat,driver as one, which sounded a little inadvisable. What happens if you drive past a mouse etc.
not_morrison_rm, Jun 22 2014

       //The engine would then be more equiped to handle the driving styles that cause problems such as engine wear and combustion efficiency loss.// I don't see how?
DIYMatt, Jun 23 2014

       Admittedly automatics, 'drive by wire' and the autonomous take much away from the driver so this idea is more for the manual.   

       In F1 the car is matched to the driver to gain the decimal places of power that give winning times. Why wouldn't driver variance - over/under reving, driving at the wrong torque range contribute to an engines wear, performance and life. Even the G's from the way you corner would affect the engine.   

       The electronics filter the problems but if the data set is already personally skewed then there are no problems just a different driving style. The mode button would have peoples names as entries.
wjt, Jun 23 2014

       In F1 cars they have problems like fuel pooling and migrating around the intake manifold due to G forces. They have problems like the tires getting cold due to inadequate wheel slippage. Applying every possible technique to get maximum power past a restriction plate. Any analogy between this and a trip in stop-and-go across town is completely lost on me.
WcW, Jun 23 2014

       Engines also have to be sized and calibrated for the worst-case conditions, which they cannot predict for. And engines have been learning conditions from sensors for awhile now, in order to minimize exhaust NoX and such. Pedal calibrations consider driver behavior if I'm not mistaken.
RayfordSteele, Jun 24 2014


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