Speed alert and driving score

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When I reset the alert to a speed other than 70, I'd like the app to also use speed for my driving score. I often drive between 70-75 mph on Interstates (so I set the alert to 80). I have a 6-speed manual transmission and I get the best mileage at higher speeds. Kinda useless to get an end-of-the-week driving score of 50!
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Posted 4 years ago

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Tom, Former Employee

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Welcome to the community Bruce, and thanks for the idea regarding drive scores and the custom high speeds threshold. I went ahead and changed this post from a "Question" to an "Idea."

We agree! We're actually planning some major changes surrounding how we calculate drive scores, and this includes accounting for customized high speed thresholds. This FAQ has more details.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Speed limit settings and algorithms.

So the latest update allows me to change the speed at which Automatic pings me, but doesn't change the algorithm for driving efficiency.

I'm driving a 2006 Land Rover LR3. It has a 4.6L engine. I've had it for 4 years and change and have discovered over time that the most fuel-efficient highway speed for it is somewhere between 70 - 80mph. Setting cruise control for about 75, with the occasional boost to pass someone much slower, will get me 19 - 20mpg. Which on a truck rated as 18mpg highway is not too shabby. Driving more slowly, around 60 - 65mph reduces the mpg to around 16 or 17.

Unfortunately, doing more than 70 gets me an Automatic score of about 49, despite the better mileage. While driving around town, getting 12mpg or so (rated 14 town) gets me a score in the mid 90s.

Admittedly, the Land Rover is probably a bit of an outlier vs. your average American automobile, but it's somewhat frustrating to be managing my fuel efficiency to better than manufacturer's spec. and being penalised for it.
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Thanks for the feedback Hugh. I merged your post with a related discussion on the adjustable high speeds threshold and its impact on drive scores. As you mentioned, your drive score is still impacted by the time spent driving over 70 MPH, which is frustrating for many users. The good news is that we're planning to address this issue in a future update to the app :) The entire drive score algorithm is getting an overhaul actually. See this FAQ for more details. 
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Any guess as to when this might happen?
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Hi lchamp,

We don't have an ETA for when this feature will be addressed as other critical needs have take precedence. However, when we have an update, we'll be sure to update the community.

Thanks for your patience while we work on improving Automatic!