READY FOR THE ROAD AHEAD: PETERBILT DEBUTS NEW PREDICTIVE CRUISE TECHNOLOGY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 25, 2015)
Anticipating and responding to changes in terrain, Peterbilt’s new Predictive Cruise technology automatically optimizes engine and transmission operation when in cruise control for maximum fuel economy, Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show.
“Predictive Cruise technology is our latest innovation to provide customers with trucks that lead the industry in fuel efficiency,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “By integrating the powertrain, cruise control and satellite mapping, the vehicle automatically responds to the road ahead for up to three percent improved fuel economy.”
Predictive Cruise includes the neutral coasting feature. Neutral coasting utilizes the truck’s momentum to save fuel and engages the engine brake to manage downhill speeds.
According to Peterbilt Chief Engineer Scott Newhouse, Predictive Cruise and neutral coast work together to maximize the truck’s kinetic energy:
1. When approaching a hill, the system uses onboard maps and GPS data to select the optimal gear for the increasing road grade;
2. Before the peak of the incline, the vehicle curbs its speed before proceeding downhill;
3. Neutral coast engages as the truck rolls downhill;
4. If necessary, the engine brake engages to avoid over speeding; and
5. Cruising speed is maintained as the vehicle continues onto level terrain.
“Predictive Cruise also integrates with Peterbilt’s Driver Performance Assistant, which coaches drivers with fuel-saving tips,” said Newhouse. “Predictive Cruise is available factory installed for both the Model 579 and 567 and plans are to expand to other products in the near future.”
Newhouse added, “Predictive Cruise builds upon our lineup of fuel-saving solutions, such as the Driver Performance Assistant and the APEX powertrain. Through innovative technologies and optimized aerodynamic designs, Peterbilt continues to raise the bar for vehicles with outstanding ROI.”
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.