With no in-cab display - and thus compatible with systems that use line-of-sight driving - the focus is on empowering your driver teams, rather than instructing them on what to do. DriveSmart is about allowing train and tram drivers to apply their knowledge as they see fit and when conditions allow.
Furthermore, as a result of more efficient transitions between acceleration, coasting and braking, passengers benefit from smoother rides, whilst less frequent braking reduces wear and tear and results in less maintenance.
No in-cab display - DriveSmart is about driver teams applying their own knowledge
Simulation testing in China and the UK has demonstrated a potential reduction in traction power use of between 10% and 25%.
The system has been installed on the Edinburgh Tram system since April 2018 and the experiences of their engineering and driver teams following DriveSmart's first year can be seen in the two minute video above.