Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced that all Sprinter and Vito Tourer models will now come with driving style monitoring as standard.
The feature is free, with a three-year subscription, from May 2019 production, as part of the Mercedes Pro Connect app, and can also be remotely retrofitted to existing Sprinters using over-the-air software updates.
The feature enables a range of vehicle data for each individual trip, as well as a holistic view of a whole fleet of vehicles, to be examined by fleet managers.
Available data includes acceleration behaviour, anticipatory driving behaviour, coasting, and smooth driving analysis.
In addition, safety-critical items, such as harsh cornering and braking warnings, are shown instantly to the fleet manager.
Managers are also able to establish their safest depots, regions or individual drivers.
Mercedes says that as well as improving safety, the smooth driving style encouraged by the technology also reduces wear and tear on components, reducing downtime.
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK managing director Steve Bridge said: “We are extremely proud of our connectivity solution and have therefore decided to include it 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.”
The driving style monitoring feature has also been praised by Mark Cartwright, head of vans and light commercial vehicles for the FTA.
He said: “The drive style monitoring solution will provide businesses with the toolkit they need to analyse driver behaviour and identify areas where improvement is needed.
“After all, safe driver behaviour plays a key role in keeping the UK’s roads secure and operations running smoothly and effectively.
“And by offering the solution free of charge it shows how dedicated the team at Mercedes-Benz Vans are to safety, efficiency and innovation. Where they lead, we hope others will follow.”