Eco.Drive promotes 'green' motoring

Software that links with a car to promote more economical and ecological driving has been launched by Fiat.

Eco:Drive produces an eco:Index report that can be download to a computer by USB via the car's Blue&Me entertainment and communications system.

The free software application is available at Fiat's website, where an information video can also be found.

A series of tutorials will help drivers to improve their efficiency, by showing them how to perfect driving using detailed information from their own journeys.

Drivers can expect to improve their driving efficiency by up to 15%. That means a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions and in fuel costs.

Fiat has also created ecoVille, an online community where users can share tips and see how much CO2 they are all saving together.

Fiat 500 and Grande Punto are the first Fiat Group vehicles to use eco:Drive, and the system is available to download and install, free of charge. In 2009, it will be extended to the rest of the Fiat range that is equipped with Blue&Me.

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