MiX Telematics Eco-Drive Challenge once again proves 18% fuel savings
Results of the 2014 MiX Telematics Eco-Drive Challenge have once again demonstrated that fuel savings of up to 18% can be achieved though a combination of telematics and driver training. These savings mirror those of two years ago, when the Eco-Drive Challenge was run for the first time and identical results achieved.
The format of the Eco-Drive Challenge, which takes place at the biennial Autocar Expo coach exhibition in France, see drivers complete two trips around a 30 kilometre route. On the first circuit drivers are given no instruction apart from route directions. While they drive their fuel consumption and driving styles are monitored by MiX Telematics’ Fleet Manager solution. On completion, the recorded performance data is analysed by one of the driver trainers, who then accompanies the driver on their second journey. This time, the driver receives continuous instruction and coaching from the trainer as they progress around the route. The driver is also encouraged to use the in-cab RIBAS display in order to ensure the entire trip is completed as economically as possible.
“The Eco-Drive Challenge proves what our many thousands of users around the world already know; namely, that a carefully planned and implemented training programme based upon telematics-derived intelligence is the key to huge operational savings,” comments Steve Coffin, Marketing & Operations Director for MiX Telematics. “This year, contestants in the Eco-Drive Challenge achieved an overall average saving of 12 percent on their second trip, with the winner recording an impressive 18 percent, the same as our winner two years ago.”
Organised and adjudicated by independent consultants and driver training specialists, the 2014 MiX Telematics Eco-Drive Challenge was contested in full-size coaches equipped with MiX Telematics’ Fleet Manager solution and the optional RIBAS in-cab display.
RIBAS is a dashboard-mounted display which gives the driver instant feedback on a range of driving-style parameters, namely:
I = excessive Idling
B = harsh Braking
A = harsh Acceleration
S = over Speeding
Each of these parameters is represented on the display by an illuminated icon which is normally coloured green. Whenever a parameter comes close to being exceeded, its icon changes to amber, alerting the driver to a potential problem and thereby allowing corrective action to be taken. The amber light is intended purely as a warning sign; no record of an infringement is made against the driver by Fleet Manager at this time. However, should the amber warning be ignored and the parameter exceeded, the infringement is recorded by Fleet Manager and the red light illuminates.
Using the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model, MiX Telematics delivers its solutions to customers in more than 120 countries, across 6 continents.
Over 450,000 mobile assets – from trucks and buses, to vans, cars, motorbikes and trailers – are actively managed by MiX Telematics. In addition to employing more than 1000 people, MiX Telematics has a network of more than 130 fleet partners world-wide. The company has offices in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uganda, Brazil, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.