Europe News: Another OEM jumps on the green bandwagon

Europe News:  Another OEM jumps on the green bandwagon

Fiat and Microsoft have announced EcoDrive, a new Blue&Me-based system that enables drivers to minimise their impact on the environment.

EcoDrive will be available from 2008 in certain Fiat cars equipped with the Blue&Me system.

Official fuel consumption and emission figures of cars, certified by the European Union, are obtained using cars driven by professional drivers on a Roller Dynamometer Test Bench. To ensure the results are comparable, the test takes place in optimum ambient conditions on a predefined driving cycle with accessories (e.g. air conditioning) switched off.

However, real emissions levels are substantially different. They depend on the condition of the car, whether the car is driven in a rural or urban setting, and they are also heavily affected by the driver’s style.

EcoDrive collects all necessary data relating to vehicle efficiency and, through Blue&Me’s USB gate, transmits it into a normal USB key which the driver plugs into a PC.

The EcoDrive system presents the driver with detailed environmental performance of the car, including the CO2 emission level for each trip. It analyses the driver’s style and provides recommendations on how to modify this style to achieve CO2 reductions – and improve fuel consumption.

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