|[March 26, 2014]
Peterbilt's Driver Information System Now Mentors Operators
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --(Business Wire)--
Peterbilt's Driver Information Center now features a real-time visual
messaging system that reinforces and coaches positive driving habits. It
is available for order on select Peterbilt models, Peterbilt Motors
Company announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show.
"Optimizing fuel economy, safety and vehicle performance and longevity
are goals of every fleet owner and manager," said Darrin Siver,
Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. "Our newly enhanced
Driver Information Center is a proven way to help all drivers - from the
novice to the most seasoned - operate with greater efficiency. This will
translate into bottom-line savings for our customers by helping reduce
fuel consumption and maintenance costs."
The module is available for Peterbilt Models 579, 567 and 587 equipped
with PACCAR MX-13 Engines. It monitors numerous vehicle systems and
driving habits to provide operator feedback through a scoring system
that rewards practices to reduce fuel use and minimize brake wear.
"The new functionality promotes good driving habits through an in-dash
display that provides intuitive messaging and anticipated scoring to
help operators shift, accelerate, brake and perform other functions at
optimized levels," said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer.
The display shows operators performance scores in categories such as
gentle braking and coasting, as well as total driver performanc scoring
percentage. If the system detects driving habits that are detrimental to
fuel economy - such as erratic acceleration - or reduce component life -
such as excessive hard braking - it will provide coaching tips with
suggested corrective actions. For instance, the system may suggest the
operator make greater use of engine retarder devices and less brake
pedal use to maximize the life of the foundation brakes.
According to Sproull, the system performs both while the vehicle is in
operation and while parked, the latter to help reduce idling time.
The Driver Information Center is a 5-inch, color LCD display screen
located within the driver instrumentation cluster so operators can
receive the information without taking their eyes off the road. In
addition to the new functionality, it provides operators with essential
data on vehicle and engine functions.
Based in Denton, Texas, Peterbilt Motors Company combines a global
reputation for industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel
efficiency solutions, with superior quality to engineer a truck that
stands as the "Class" of the industry. Through its 280-plus North
American dealer locations, Peterbilt also provides a comprehensive array
of aftermarket support programs to complement its full lineup of
on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative
fuel vehicles. Customers enjoy industry leading service and support,
including preventive maintenance plans, expedited QuickCare services,
automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer
Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about
Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.
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