Malta Public Transport already has one of the youngest bus fleets in Europe, especially with the Euro VI vehicles introduced just last summer. However, that hasn’t stopped them from investing in a system that results in further fuel-saving and safer journeys.
How it works
The driver assistant was tested extensively, before being rolled out to all drivers in 2020. It monitors driving patterns in real-time, measuring fuel consumption, smooth-driving levels, and accident-avoidance parameters.
Drivers can analyse personal statistics in a monthly report generated by the system, and MPT offers personalised training and development on the areas requiring further support. There are also incentives for drivers with excellent track records.
MPT Operations Director David Alvarez feels the drivers responded well to the tech being used. “It is helping us fine-tune our service to improve the passenger experience and increase driver engagement”, he said. He also described how the team addressed the necessary areas. “Drivers took ownership of the aspects of their driving that needed special attention and worked with the management to raise their overall performance,” said the Operations Director.
Equipped with real-time and accurate feedback on acceleration rate, braking efficacy and other data sets, MPT drivers are now able to adjust their driving to manage fuel consumption more responsibly, leading to a substantial reduction in total carbon emissions.
Making trips safer
In addition to better fuel management, the intelligent system alerts drivers to potential road risks to ensure safer journeys. This results in a better customer experience for passengers.
“Safety is our top priority, and the new system will help us improve on our already successful track record,” said Mr Alvarez, noting that that the technology has actively contributed to a decrease in the rate of accidents in the past months.
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