Fiat launches fleet-specific eco:Drive system
The latest software launch follows in the footsteps of the Eco:Drive technology, which was launched in 2008 and allows drivers to download a record of their driving style from car to computer with a USB memory stick, and learn how to reduce their impact on the environment.
Eco:Drive Fleet measures the mileage data for all vehicles (distance, time, fuel consumption etc) and can be used to show the data related to vehicles and drivers either individually or collectively. The data is automatically updated with management costs and the distance count for maintenance interval. It also evaluates driving behaviour and its impact on fuel consumption, and offers drivers advice on becoming an "eco-driver".
The software application (which can be downloaded free of charge from www.fiat.com/ecodrive) runs on the Blue&Me interface – an on-board telematics platform which is the result of a partnership between Fiat Group and Microsoft. The data recorded can be transferred onto PCs via a USB key, and processed by the software, in order to analyse motorists' behaviour and to help them to optimise fuel consumption and emissions.
The system has been employed successfully by Bosch and Eni, both of which have contributed to developing some specific sections of the software, and Coca-Cola HBC Greece, which has added vehicles equipped with eco:Drive to its fleet.
Free and said to be easy to use, eco:Drive fleet is available for all Fiat vehicles (500, 500C, Grande Punto, Punto EVO, Bravo, Croma, Qubo, Nuovo Doblò) and for Fiat Professional commercial vehicles (Grande Punto Van, Punto EVO Van, Fiorino and Doblò Cargo), equipped with the Blue&Me platform.For more of the latest industry news, click here.