KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kenworth announced an update to its Predictive Cruise Control functionality available for the Kenworth T680 and T880 with the new 2017 Paccar MX-11, Paccar MX-13 and Cummins X15 engines.
“This update, which was made in conjunction with the launch of the new 2017 emission engines, provides our customers up to a 1% improvement in fuel economy over the performance of the current version of our Predictive Cruise Control,” said Patrick Dean, Kenworth chief engineer.
According to Kenworth, its Predictive Cruise Control combines GPS with cruise control to deliver optimum fuel economy. Predictive Cruise Control optimizes cruising speed based on topographical GPS data inputs.
“While the driver interface remains unchanged, drivers who have driven Kenworth trucks with Predictive Cruise Control will notice an improvement in driveability, as well as fuel economy,” Dean said. “Improved driveability and fuel economy were made possible by fine tuning how the engine modulates speed and torque over a wide variety of actual driving conditions.”