Developed in partnership with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, DriveSmart provides detailed route modelling analysis to help promote energy-efficient driver skills in daily operations.
The focus of DriveSmart is on helping driver teams understand how they can help reduce energy use and apply more efficient driving techniques when conditions allow. There is no in-cab display, making DriveSmart compatible with light rail, metro systems and self-contained conventional routes with line-of-sight driving.
For each route, DriveSmart’s software identifies the optimum movement sequences - such as coasting points and cruising speeds that can help minimise energy usage within a constant total journey time.
This information is used as the basis of bespoke training programmes show drivers where they can reduce energy use at certain points of the route.