Automatic vs Automated Manual Commercial Truck Transmissions

Automatic transmissions have faced a tough challenge trying to crack the commercial truck market. One way transmission manufacturers have tried to solve this issue is by providing automated manual transmissions that offer convenience to drivers, without the issues that come with a traditional automatic transmission. Automatic vs automated manual commercial truck transmissions each utilize different systems.

How are automated manual transmissions different from automatics?

The added degree of control that a manual transmission provides has long made them preferred by truck drivers. Many early automatic truck transmissions had trouble communicating with engines, leading to uneven shifts and frustrations from drivers.Peterbilt 579 interior

An automated manual transmission operates differently from a pure automatic transmission. Automated manual transmissions utilize a manual gearbox, with the clutch and gearshifts controlled by an electronic system. A traditional automatic uses planetary gearing with disc packs and torque converters.

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Benefits of Automatic Transmissions

While many drivers continue to prefer manual transmissions, there are several benefits that come with an automatic or automated manual transmission. Many newer drivers have less experience with manual transmissions. Automatics add accessibility for these drivers.

Fleet owners see the attraction of these transmissions as well. Automatic transmissions help with driver recruitment and retention, and also help improve fuel economy and safety. An automatic gives the driver the ability to focus more attention on the road, and also helps reduce driver fatigue.

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You can find many commercial truck models equipped with different transmission types on any of Allstate Peterbilt Group’s lots. Find your nearest Allstate Peterbilt Group location. You can also view our new and used truck inventory online.