The advent of telematics and new technologies mean a lot can be done with your smartphone right on up to reducing your fuel consumption.

IFPEN’s engineers said they have used innovative scientific algorithms to design GECO, an application aimed at reducing fuel consumption at the wheel.

IFPEN stands for IFP Energies Nouvelles, a public research and training player. It sates it has an international scope, covering the fields of energy, transport and the environment and that from research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities.

GECO, said IFPEN, has been designed to guide drivers on their urban trips, helping them to adopt more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly driving behaviors. The objective? To reduce fuel consumption without necessarily reducing average speed. Their target is a 10 to 15 percent in fuel savings. The research firm states that by consuming less, drivers will spend less but they will also reduce their pollutant and CO2 emissions.

Using smartphone sensors, the application computes in real time the ideal driving behavior to adopt, on the basis of the specific trip, added IFPEN. It is then compared to the actual behavior adopted by the driver. The screen displays the driver’s score and energy performance and offers real-time advice aimed at improving overall driving. An online community of GECO-drivers 2.0 will also allow drivers to compare their results and become “Eco-drivers”.

Created as a free application, GECO is said to offer an approach that is innovative (based on algorithms that evaluate driving in real time), flexible (with driving advice, numerous calculation parameters and an automated assessment) and very easy to use. Fitting with current trends and eco-responsible, IFPEN said this application prefigures the integration of functionalities of this type in the so-called “connected” cars of the future.