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Eco-friendly Routing based on real-time Air-quality Sensor Data from Vehicles

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Recently, major cities are facing air pollution problems mostly caused by individual car traffic. Besides the emission of greenhouse gases, particulate matter is a particular concern for public health. In order to mitigate these emission related issues, we developed an environmentally friendly routing approach, which calculates the most fuel-efficient route - based on the driving dynamics of the road, vehicle, and traffic characteristics. In addition, the calculated route is designed to avoid regions of high particulate matter concentration. In order to integrate real-time air quality data of moving and stationary sensors using OGC Sensor Observation Service. Cars are used as moving sensors in the city. The paper evaluates the effects of air quality (particulate matter & greenhouse gases) on the route calculation - so that cars/bikes may receive real-time recommendations to avoid polluted areas.

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