Driving cycle predictive model based on bus route features

Denggao Huang, Hui Xie, Hongjie Ma, Qiang Sun

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Bus fuel economy is deeply influenced by the driving cycles, which vary for different route conditions. Buses optimized for a standard driving cycle are not necessarily suitable for actual driving conditions, and, therefore, it is critical to predict the driving cycles based on the route conditions. To conveniently predict representative driving cycles of special bus routes, this paper proposed a prediction model based on bus route features, which supports bus optimization. The relations between 27 inter-station characteristics and bus fuel economy were analyzed. According to the analysis, five inter-station route characteristics were abstracted to represent the bus route features, and four interstation driving characteristics were abstracted to represent the driving cycle features between bus stations. Interstation driving characteristic equations were established based on the multiple linear regression, reflecting the linear relationships between the five inter-station route characteristics and the four inter-station driving characteristics. Using kinematic segment classification, a basic driving cycle database was established, including 4704 different transmission matrices. Based on the inter-station driving characteristic equations and the basic driving cycle database, the driving cycle prediction model was developed, generating drive cycles by the iterative Markov chain for the assigned bus lines. The model was finally validated by more than 2 years of acquired data. The experimental results show that the predicted driving cycle is consistent with the historical average velocity profile, and the prediction similarity is 78.69%. The proposed model can be an effective way for the driving cycle prediction of bus routes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-113
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Early online date17 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Driving cycle prediction
  • route features
  • city bus
  • Markov chain
  • driving characteristics


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