Peterbilt’s Driver Information Center now features a real-time visual messaging system that reinforces and coaches positive driving habits. It’s available for order on Peterbilt Models 579, 567 and 587 equipped with PACCAR MX-13 Engines.
The newly enhanced Driver Information Center is a proven way to help all drivers – from the novice to the most seasoned – operate with greater efficiency, says Peterbilt, helping to reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs.
It monitors numerous vehicle systems and driving habits to provide operator feedback through a scoring system that rewards practices to reduce fuel use and minimize brake wear.
The new functionality promotes good driving habits through an in-dash display. It shows operators performance scores in categories such as gentle braking and coasting, as well as total driver performance scoring percentage. If the system detects driving habits that are detrimental to fuel economy – such as erratic acceleration – or reduce component life – such as excessive hard braking – it will provide coaching tips with suggested corrective actions. For instance, the system may suggest the operator make greater use of the engine retarder and less brake pedal use to maximize the life of the foundation brakes.
The system performs both while the vehicle is in operation and while parked, the latter to help reduce idling time.
The Driver Information Center is a 5-in., color LCD display screen located within the driver instrumentation cluster so drivers can see the information without taking their eyes off the road. In addition to the new functionality, it provides operators with essential data on vehicle and engine functions.
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