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by Tim Beissmann

Fiat’s award-winning eco:Drive efficient driving advice system is now available in a Fleet version to help fleet managers reduce their environmental impact and save up to 15 percent on fuel.

Standard on all vehicles with Blue&Me telematics, the eco:Drive system provides feedback to the driver on their driving skill, mileage and fuel consumption and suggests tips for sustainable driving behaviour in the future.

Fiat Australia general manager, Andrei Zaitzev, describes eco:Drive as intelligent design at its best.

“Rather than give some form of generalised, unfocused advice on how to drive more economically, the Fiat eco:Drive system examines the skills of each individual and provides personalised advice specific for them on how to hone their skills and drive more economically.

“The new Fleet version adds to this data storage and collection to aid fleet managers in their constant quest to save money and also help the environment,” Mr Zaitzev said.

The eco:Drive system receives parameters related to fuel consumption from the engine control unit through Blue&Me. The recorded data can be transferred to a computer via a USB, and processed by the appropriate software.

More than 100,000 copies of the system have been downloaded since its launch at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Fiat says more than 32,000 drivers use it every day and at least four million journeys have been logged and analysed on the dedicated website, representing an overall CO2 saving of as much as 2500 tonnes.