An Application For Learning How To Eco-Drive A Truck
Truck Fuel Eco Driving, the new application developed by Renault Trucks, enables anyone to practice eco-driving an HGV on their smartphone or tablet. This is a game for learning how to anticipate the characteristics of the road and reduce consumption without compromising efficiency.The
Ten missions, with ten different levels of difficulty, take the player through various routes. At the beginning of each mission, players are given a set of specific objectives. For example, they are asked to manage their consumption when going uphill and downhill or when negotiating city traffic.
Informed of obstacles on the route such as traffic lights, junctions or traffic jams, drivers have to think ahead as far as possible so that they can get maximum acceleration at the right moment. The aim is to maintain a high journey speed while at the same time reducing fuel consumption. At any moment, drivers can decide to accelerate or brake according to the information displayed on their screens. They must be cautious, since one error too many and they have to start all over again. In other words, access to the next level is only granted once players have achieved the objectives set at the beginning of each mission. They must have earned at least one star at the end of their journey before they can move on to the next level. The best drivers can earn up to three stars - which is a way of assessing the quality of their economic driving.
This application is an entertaining way of applying the principles of eco-driving. Beginners and experienced drivers alike will find it a useful way of testing their driving style to help them improve in real-life situations.
The Truck Fuel Eco Driving application can be downloaded free of charge for smartphones and tablets operated through iOS or Android.
This game was available on two physical truck driving simulators throughout the entire IAA Motor Show in Hanover from 20 to 27 September 2012, on the Renault Trucks stand. Link here to the App Store.
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