Lucion introduces innovative technology for a safer, greener and more efficient fleet
Gateshead-headquartered Lucion Services, an international leader in environmental risk management services, has announced the roll-out of Lightfoot’s in-vehicle driver efficiency technology and rewards platform to its fleet of 197 vans.
The decision follows successful trials which led to uplifts in performance by more than 10%, reductions in CO2 emissions by 5.6%, falls in idling time by 29% and the eradication of instances of dangerous driving. Nearly a thousand tonnes of CO2 will be stopped from entering the earth’s atmosphere over a five year period, this is equivalent to the carbon captured by over a thousand acres of forest a year.
Lucion Services, which has twelve bases throughout the UK, has four divisions providing accredited hazardous materials inspection, testing and consultancy, risk management advice and mitigation strategies. Its divisions also provide specialist training, groundworks, contaminated land services and infrastructure support services, as well as services to the marine sector, including onshore and offshore platforms and vessels.
Before trialing Lightfoot, Lucion Services was keen to find a fleet management solution that would not only improve the safety of its drivers – as its mission is to make the world a safer place to live – but would also reduce its carbon footprint.
Lightfoot delivered on all fronts whilst also reducing instances of harsh acceleration, harsh braking and harsh cornering thanks to its pocket-sized dashboard display device, which uses live engine data to provide drivers with real-time visual and audible feedback. This guides drivers to the ‘sweet spot of the engine’, improving both fuel economy and safety on the roads. The audible end of journey score from the device also enables drivers to strive towards achieving Lightfoot’s Elite Driver status score of 85 or more, which unlocks access to weekly prize draws.
Lucion’s target is for all its drivers to strive to achieve Elite Driver status. It is at this point that driver safety improves dramatically and the greatest savings can be made in terms of performance and emissions. The lower than perfect Elite Driver score of 85%+ allows for necessary acceleration on slip roads, at roundabouts and on busy junctions, so that drivers can pull away safely and still achieve an “Elite” journey.
The Lightfoot app lets Lucion’s drivers review and change the driver setting from business to personal journeys at the touch of a button, and checks the vehicle’s health, providing a checklist for drivers to complete. It alerts drivers to faults, battery health and MOT/tax reminders. Drivers can also use the app to check their driving score, join leagues, view competitions and rewards.
Highlighting the environmental impact the new system will make, Ross Boulton added:“Lucion is at the forefront of our industry and we want to deliver not only an exceptional service based on customer support and trust, but we want to make every effort to reduce the environmental and safety impacts of our fleet. The environmental impact that can be achieved through changing our habits are huge.
“Technology is enabling us, but it is dependent on the long-term commitment of companies and individuals. The need to be proactive in adapting the way we drive is now more important than ever.”
Lightfoot’s innovative in-cab driver feedback helps cut wear and tear costs by up to 45% and has reduced at-fault accidents by up to 40%. As a consequence, leading insurers are putting their support behind Lightfoot recommending its use to fleet customers.
John Madden of Specialist Risk Insurance Solutions, Lucion Services’ insurance broker, commented: “At Specialist Risk, we have partnerships with trusted third-parties to complement our client’s insurance programmes. We recommend Lightfoot to our clients to help them improve their driver behaviour which in turn reduces the risks of claims and also their company’s environmental impact. The product is recognised by many of our insurance partners as a proactive vehicle risk management tool which can help to reduce insurance premiums.”
Pioneering a new standard and way of measuring efficient driving, Lightfoot’s technology has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists and leading driver-behaviour experts at Bath University. It uses advanced, real-time engine analytics which take account of different factors such as load and road gradient to provide live, in-cab coaching, helping drivers improve both efficiency and safety, and rewarding them for being better.
To find out more about Lucion and the range of survey, testing, assessment, management, consultancy services on offer, visit https://lucionservices.com/.