MB Vans announce drive style monitoring software as standard


Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced that vehicle drive style monitoring will come as standard, for three years, on all new Sprinter and Vito Tourer models.
The latest research conducted by Mercedes-Benz Vans into connected vehicle trends shows that an increasing number of fleets are using software to monitor driving standards. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of fleet and SME customers surveyed claimed that they want to use telematics or connected vehicle technology for this purpose.
To support this, Mercedes-Benz Vans will now offer this feature for free in the Sprinter and Vito (May production onwards). In the case of the Sprinter, the feature can be remotely retrofitted to existing vehicles by the customer using “over-the-air” software updates.
The function enables a multitude of vehicle data for each individual trip and a holistic view of the whole fleet of vehicles. Data points include: acceleration behaviour analysis, anticipatory driving behaviour, coasting and smooth driving analysis. In addition, safety critical data, such as harsh cornering and braking warnings, are shown instantly to the fleet manager.
Analysis of driving behaviour data can identify trends which can be addressed in order to maximise safe driving practices. Fleet managers can ascertain the safest depots, regions or individual drivers, using the Mercedes PRO connect driver’s app. 
Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “We are extremely proud of our connectivity solution and have therefore decided to include at no cost to our customers. Keeping their businesses moving is our priority, and with our new drive style monitoring solution software included as standard, company owners and vehicle managers can spend less time worrying about the vans and drivers, and more time therefore focused on their business and customers.”