Drivers are increasingly being encouraged to limit their vehicle usage for the sake of the environment.
Toyota Sweden has launched a free app called A Glass of Water, which is based on the idea that if everyone drove with a glass of water on their dashboard – and aimed not to spill it – driving would be both gentler and more economical.
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The Glass of Water app records the user’s driving distance, time, fuel consumption and “water” spilled. After each drive, the user can analyse the results and see on a map where they could improve their driving in the future.
The results are automatically uploaded to Toyota’s website and compared against those of other participants, serving as an incentive for users to improve.
According to Toyota, carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by two million tons per year if all drivers in Sweden managed to avoid spilling their figurative “water”.
Given the dominance of cars in Australia’s transport system, a start-up could launch a range of similar apps to aid the driving experience.