DriveGain
DriveGain
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DriveGain free download for Mac

DriveGain

1.0
01 July 2010

Save fuel while you drive.

Overview

DriveGain helps you save fuel while you are driving. Please check the full description below for details of cars and devices supported.

Saving fuel saves you money, reduces the amount of CO2 you emit and allows you to travel further before needing to fill up with fuel.

As you drive the application gives you visual and audio feedback on what changes you can make to your driving style to save more fuel.

How much money will it save me?
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Our survey of 11 Eco Driving websites shows that, on average, you can improve your MPG by 15% when Eco Driving. Using this figure we can estimate how much an average driver would save in a year:

In the UK: £170
In the US: $205
In Europe: €175

On this basis, for an average driver, this application should pay for itself within 2 weeks.

(Details on exactly how we worked out these figures can be found at http://drivegain.com/savings/calculation/)

How much less CO2 will I emit?
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Because you are using less fuel you will be emitting less CO2. On average per year you will save:

UK: 350kg of CO2
US: 660kg of CO2
Europe: 350kg of CO2

Will it work in my car?
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The application works with any petrol (gasoline) or diesel car with a manual (stick-shift) transmission. It has a database of 8,400 European and 8,500 North American cars for you to choose from.

If your car is not in the database you can create a custom car by entering the type of car, engine size and number of gears.

IMPORTANT: Currently we support only manual (stick-shift) transmission cars. Support for automatic transmissions is coming shortly. We do not yet support electric or hybrid vehicles.

Will it work on my device?
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The iPhone 3G and 3GS are fully supported.

The iPod Touch is supported if you have a GPS adaptor such as the TomTom Car Kit for iPod Touch (see http://drivegain.com/carkits/)

The application works on the iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G model) - running as an iPhone application.

Audio feedback
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The application provides detailed audio feedback on your driving:

• Verbal feedback on what you doing right and areas where you can improve your driving style - for example: "Your cruising speed was good", "Try reducing your acceleration"

• Verbal feedback and ping to indicate you should be in top gear - "You should now be in 5th gear"
The audio feedback has been carefully designed not to annoy the driver. You can choose between US and UK English voices.

Visual feedback
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• Current recommended gear

• Level of acceleration or braking - with the effect this has on fuel consumption

• Your current speed - with the effect this has on fuel consumption

• Your current driving smoothness score

• Average fuel economy reading (in MPG, l/100km etc) - this can be switched to show average cost per distance, average CO2 output, total cost, total CO2, total fuel used, and total distance

• Instantaneous Fuel Use meter (in MPG, l/100km etc) - this can be switched to show cost per distance (e.g. p/mile) or CO2 output (g / km)

Other features
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• Fuel prices are kept up to date with updates downloaded once a week from the DriveGain server

• Summary screen showing all averages and totals to date

• Eco Driving tips and hints

• Easy access to iPod controls to allow playing of music while you drive

iPhone holders and car kits
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In order to make good use of the application you will need some kind of holder for your iPhone so that it can be positioned in a safe position while you drive.

The application works well with the iPhone built-in GPS - but you will notice more responsive and accurate feedback if you use a GPS adaptor such as the TomTom Car Kit.

More details on holders and car kits at: http://drivegain.com/carkits/

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