Ford is introducing technology to help commercial vehicle drivers be more economical by letting them know when to slow down in good time to avoid hard braking, based on what lies ahead, and even out of sight.
In what Ford claims is a CV technology first, its EcoGuide technology uses the vehicle sat-nav to anticipate future driving situations that help inform the most fuel-efficient way to drive. It analyses driving behaviour and offers feedback via the instrument cluster to help achieve the optimum efficiency for the road conditions ahead.
EcoGuide can also provide drivers with feedback on their driving efficiency via a “halo” around the digital speed read-out, based on analysis of acceleration, braking, cruising and gearshift patterns. The halo expands as the driver adopts more efficient driving habits, and a report can be viewed at the end of each trip.
“Everyone has experienced occasions when we have to brake suddenly if a bend is tighter than expected, only to speed up again afterwards. EcoGuide will help avoid this, saving drivers fuel, time and stress,” said Michael McDonagh, Transit global chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe.
Ford will first introduce EcoGuide to the new Transit, the Transit Custom van and the Tourneo Custom people mover from mid-2019.
“Driving smoothly and assessing the road ahead as much as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration can improve your fuel consumption by as much as 12 per cent,” said Rebecca Ashton, Head of Policy and Research for U.K. road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart, which runs eco-driving training courses approved by the Energy Saving Trust.