Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Driving Away Global Warming

PostedDecember 3, 2006

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Randy Atkins:  Thousands are logging every car trip they make so Deb Niemeier, a University of California engineer, can combine them with vehicle data to see…

Deb Niemeier:  …how people’s driving behavior connects with the pollution their cars actually produce.

Randy Atkins:  She says it affects smog levels, even global warming.

Deb Niemeier:  Absolutely.  High speeds and low speeds and very aggressive driving all increase your tailpipe emissions.

Randy Atkins:  Niemeier says you should aim for steady speeds between 30 and 50 miles an hour.  Her work is also inspiring new traffic and car engineering.

Deb Niemeier:  All these things combine together to really make a difference.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.