CLEVELAND, Ohio – Eaton has added two optional features to its UltraShift PLUS and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions, the company announced earlier this week.
The new Urge to Move and Blended Pedal features were added to “to enhance low-speed maneuverability in situations such as backing into a loading dock or maneuvering in a construction job site.”
The Urge to Move feature lets the vehicle automatically move when the transmission is in gear and the driver releases the service brakes. Once launched, the vehicle will creep at a constant speed at engine idle without the need to press the accelerator – similar to a passenger vehicle. The Blended Pedal allows the driver to control clutch engagement at engine idle through accelerator positioning and enables movement at varying speeds.
“Both Urge to Move and Blended Pedal allow for controlled motion, controlled discharge of payloads, and more controlled operation when launching the vehicle,” said Evan Vijithakumara, product strategy manager for Eaton. “Blended Pedal delivers a level of fine control that, until now, has been exclusive to manual transmissions. The end result blends three-pedal operating performance at low speeds with all the benefits of our latest driver-friendly two-pedal automated technologies.”
Both features are available on all models of UltraShift PLUS transmissions and Fuller Advantage automated transmissions, including the SmartAdvantage powertrain and the integrated powertrains from International and Paccar.