That is worthwhile but it misses one central aspect: Normally it is not the pollution caused by an individual vehicle that harms people’s health but it is the aggregate effect of all polluting nodes. That is the starting point of the joint work of Fraunhofer FOKUS, the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (funded by the Science Foundation Ireland) and Technical University of Berlin.
We developed a system - including a prototypical implementation – that manages the aggregate pollution making use of the great potential of hybrid vehicles. With help of information technology, networked vehicles and stochastic control algorithms, we showed that we could manage and limit the overall pollution – in fact the air quality directly - in urban areas.
Simulations as well as an adapted proof-of-concept full hybrid vehicle show that the approach works today – with today’s technologies.
Detailed information could be found in "Cooperative regulation and trading of emissions using plug-in hybrid vehicles", Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2012 (preprint).