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Smart vehicle technology to be trailed in Leeds for use in polluted areas- 9th August


Leeds city council is set to trial out a new vehicle technology which detects when the car is entering a heavy polluted area and switches to a zero emissions electric engine.

The technology works by reading real-time air quality readings which will detect when the pollution is too high and cause the engine to change from a regular petrol engine to an electric one.

The concept hopes to reduce emissions from drivers, without any extra charges to the driver or to businesses.

A hybrid vehicle interface developed by Tevva Motors will be used to test the technology, which has been called ‘active geofencing’. Dynniq will create the decision-making engine capable of taking inputs from a range of city data, such as live air quality information and real-time traffic conditions.

Also part of the team, EarthSense will monitor and upload regular updates of the local air quality to the interface. For those vehicles with the smart technology, the updates will automatically trigger the engine switch.

The UK government has named some ‘clean are zones’ in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The developers of this active geofencing technology hope it could be used to tackle these zones and improve the air quality.

Steve Carroll, head of Cennex and a part of this project, is optimistic that the project will help to clean up the local air pollution which has an impact on the planet and on people’s health. This comes after the government has said it plans to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040 in its own attempt to clear the air of ongoing vehicle pollution. Therefore this may be a concept which the government plans to adopt in an attempt to start the petrol and diesel car ban.

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