Freightliner Trucks will be the first OEM to introduce Allison Transmission’s new Load-Based Shift Scheduling (LBSS) transmission feature. Freightliner Trucks will offer the new technology to enhance fuel economy and performance on its Freightliner Business Class M2 and heavy-duty trucks.
This feature is currently available on Freightliner models in limited production and will be phased in across Freightliner product over the coming months.
Using advanced estimation technology to calculate real-time vehicle load and operating grade, the Allison LBSS feature automatically selects the appropriate shift schedule for the task at hand. Its ability to automatically shift based on actual payload and grade optimizes truck fuel economy while maintaining high productivity capability, even during heavily loaded situations.
While the Allison LBSS feature is calibrated to operate primarily in the economy mode for maximum fuel efficiency, it automatically selects performance mode when conditions require it.
The new LBSS feature will be available in every Allison transmission offered on Freightliner products.
“By concentrating the company’s technical and marketing resources on more a focused vocational model line-up, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) expects to drive further innovation in safety, environmental impact and user productivity across all segments,” said Chris Patterson, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America.