And when that initiative is designed to save fuel in times when fuel costs are rising, it is especially noteworthy.
Drivers and mechanics of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Company in India combined their team experiences, matched that experiential model with some very unique innovation, in order to produce an electro-mechanical driving simulator that appears to save some five (5) liters of fuel per on-duty driver per day.
The design was intended to test drivers skills and habits that, behind the wheel in a realistic setting, in all driving and weather environments, either saves fuel or costs extra fuel on their bus routes.
The company (16,000 buses, 17,000 routes, 7,000,000 daily passengers) was so impressed with the results that they hired engineering firms to build an advanced electronic model, think video game, they termed the ‘Diesel Saver Simulator’.
Over 30 company maintenance facilities now have the device and has further been deployed to almost 250 bus depots. The next step is to develop the driver simulation program further and have management approve a formal driver training program.