Ford is to launch a new fuel-saving technology feature to its best-selling Transit and Transit Custom models later this year.
EcoGuide will work with the vehicle’s sat nav system to help drivers go about their business in a more fuel-efficient manner, while analysing driving behaviour and offering feedback via the instrument cluster to help achieve the optimum efficiency for the road conditions ahead.
“Everyone has experienced occasions when we have to brake suddenly if a bend is tighter than expected, only to speed up again afterwards,” said Michael McDonagh, Transit Global Chief Programme Engineer, Ford of Europe. “EcoGuide will help avoid this, saving drivers fuel, time and stress.”
Ford says it will first introduce EcoGuide to new Transit, Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people movers 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 UK road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart, which runs eco-driving training courses approved by the Energy Saving Trust.
Changing habits to boost efficiency, EcoGuide helps customers drive more smoothly by using information from Ford satellite navigation and giving them advance notice of road junctions, slopes and bends, or upcoming speed limits.
Based on information from the sat-nav on road junctions, slopes and bends, or upcoming speed limits, the system prompts the driver to decelerate, while the vehicle’s gear shift indicator advises the ideal gear, using icons in the instrument cluster, to avoid unnecessary braking or acceleration.