Masternaut launches fuel-saving technology
The patented CANbus connector for commercial vehicles and cars is contactless, does not interfere with vehicle electronics and does not need access to an open FMS (fleet management standard) gateway. This means vehicles can retain their full manufacturer's warranty.
Masternaut’s EMU connects directly to the vehicle tracking/telematics box without the need for any additional kit. The data can be used by vehicle operators to identify and address the causes of poor MPG and helps to reduce running costs and environmental impact simultaneously. Users access the data using Masternaut’s web portal and can identify behaviour such as harsh braking and acceleration and wasteful engine idling, which can be used as the basis for further driver education and training.
In addition, the solution reports on the status and health of the vehicle including safety systems such as airbags, ABS and electronic stability protection, ensuring that vehicles can be recalled for repair, before minor faults turn into major system failures. It can even show oil levels, so that it can be topped up before the oil-light comes on inside the vehicle.
Martin Port, managing director of Masternaut, said: 'Serious vehicle faults can often remain unreported, as drivers can sometimes ignore the lights on their dashboard. One of our customers reported the system enabling them to recall a van that had a brake system fault – the warning light was showing but was left unreported by the driver. This could have had real repercussions for the company should the vehicle have been involved in an accident. The contactless CAN unit meant the fleet manager became aware of the problem.'
The data can be accessed using Masternaut’s GreenerFleet solution, where driver behaviour, MPG, emissions and safety information is displayed. Individual drivers are given a benchmark score against specific eco and safety criteria which tracks their progress and improvement over time. It also draws attention to any driving events that require further attention.
Masternaut will be displaying the EMU as well as other innovations at the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, 14-14 – stand 5H50.