Mercedes-Benz’s technology to increase economy

Mercedes-Benz has been developing new technology which helps to save customers money on fuel bills and lessen the damage to the environment with their driving.

Changing gears at the right time

This includes the likes of cruise control systems which use radars for guidance. This naturally improves the safety of the drive but Mercedes-Benz have found a way to save economy too. The feature in question has described as “Predictive Powertrain Control”. This is a GPS type of technology which is able to scan the road and analyse it’s topography, therefore changing gears at appropriate times.

Predictive Powertrain Control and Ecoroll within the Actros

It has already been placed within the highly successful Mercedes-Benz Actros. Whilst being installed in such a vehicle it has received a great deal of positive feedback. The van also contains an EcoRoll feature which adds a great deal of emission saving technology. Fleet companies over in North America will certainly add this vehicle to their shortlist, given that it helps reduce fuel emissions a great deal.

Improvements

Mercedes-Benz have claimed that the Actros 1845 and the BlueTec 6 is able to achieve economy gains of 3 per cent whilst using the Predictive Powertrain Control system.

Seen before but without transmission features

This is not the first time that this type of technology has been introduced by Mercedes-Benz however. Back in 2009 the Germany luxury car giant offered the same technology upon their Freightliner trucks. The GPS cruise control system was only able to regulate the speed of the vehicle, not the gear transmission.

Will we see it in the C-Class?

Will Mercedes-Benz release the Predictive Powertrain Control upon passenger vehicles? It is still unclear as to whether Mercedes-Benz will release the technology within the likes of the C-Class and the E-Class.

Honda’s competetion

They may have competition with Honda planning to release a similar system of their own.  Their system is aimed at reducing traffic as well as fuel consumption. In order to reduce traffic their intelligent system keeps all traffic moving along a specific pace, ensuring a domino effect of traffic is not provoked. Honda claims that their system has the potential to reduce consumption by 8 per cent whilst increasing the average speed of traffic by 23 per cent.

 

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