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Asda cuts emissions with Lightfoot monitoring software

Advanced in-cab technology is helping Asda’s grocery delivery drivers make “huge improvements” in road safety and efficiency across the UK.

These positive gains have been achieved by the supermarket following the installation of British automotive tech firm Lightfoot’s driver coaching system across its entire 3,000-vehicle fleet.

Lightfoot connects directly to the vehicle’s on-board computer and converts data into live driving advice that helps the company’s drivers do their job more safely and efficiently.

Lightfoot claims it can help fleets achieve a reduction in accidents while cutting fuel and CO2 emissions by 15 per cent each. This is achieved by giving drivers ownership of their performance and rewarding them with prizes and giveaways through an app on their smartphones.

At the end of each journey, drivers are awarded a score in the app based on their driving style, allowing them to see how their driving is improving over time, as well as entering into friendly competition with colleagues as part of a company-wide drivers’ league.

Asda’s continual driver engagement means that the supermarket will save fuel and carbon amounting to the equivalent of 2,482 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Simon Gregg, vice president of online grocery at Asda, said: “We are continually looking at ways in which we can improve driver safety and we are delighted that many of our drivers are now engaging with Lightfoot on a daily basis.

“Reducing our carbon footprint is really important to both us and our customers and schemes like this help us towards our goals of halving our direct carbon emissions by 2025 (2015 baseline) as we head towards our target of being carbon net zero by 2040.

“We’ve already seen the difference that Lightfoot’s technology has made to our operation and hope the partnership continues to help us improve our driver safety and the environment.”