DETROIT, Mich. – December 5, 2014 – Detroit Diesel Corporation (Detroit) today announced that the Intelligent Powertrain Management (IPM) system will be standard on all Detroit™ DT12™ automated manual transmissions paired with any heavy-duty Detroit™ engine, beginning in March 2015. IPM helps the powertrain operate as efficiently as possible, based on the truck’s momentum generated by the terrain.
The new Intelligent Powertrain Management integrates pre-loaded terrain maps and GPS into engine and transmission functions to know the route ahead, up to one mile. The main goal of IPM is to use the momentum of the truck most efficiently to reduce fuel consumption. It achieves this by preventing unnecessary shifts, predictively engine braking and fueling, shifting optimally, and precisely controlling eCoast events. IPM is automatically ‘on’ once the driver engages cruise control, so benefits of IPM are variable based on the percent of time the driver operates in cruise control, and the variably of the route traveled. Since Intelligent Powertrain Management uses the momentum of the truck to most efficiently move down the road, a route with varied topography (but no extreme change in elevations) provides the optimal opportunity for IPM to improve fuel economy.
IPM also integrates seamlessly with the new Detroit Assurance™ suite of safety systems to provide virtually effort free driving when cruise control is engaged. Safety is always the first priority, so while Assurance operates in tandem with IPM, safety actions always take priority over fuel economy. With these two systems integrated together, the IPM, Active Brake Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control work to not only ensure the drivers safety but also to provide smoothest and most fuel efficient driving available today.
“Intelligent Powertrain Management technology employs many of the same behaviors that an experienced driver uses behind the wheel, but in many situations take actions that even the most experienced driver would be unable to employ such as engaging eCoast before cresting a hill. Ultimately actions like this will help all drivers achieve greater efficiency with less fatigue,” said Brad Williamson, manager, engine and component marketing for Daimler Truck North America. “We want to give our customers the most advanced technologies available to lower to their Real Cost of Ownership℠, and IPM is a key part of that strategy.”
For example, when approaching a grade, IPM will increase road speed to allow the vehicle to climb the hill with the fewest downshifts possible. IPM will also engage eCoast or stop fueling the engine before cresting a hill, using the truck’s momentum instead. When heading down a hill, IPM plans for this by automatically accelerating to increase the truck’s momentum, based on the approaching terrain. IPM will also keep eCoast engaged for longer periods of time with fewer interruptions, further benefiting fuel economy.
Noted Williamson: “Together, the DT12 transmission and Detroit engine combination already contribute to improved uptime and efficiency, and with the added innovations featured in IPM, drivers will experience an even higher level of driving comfort and fuel efficiency.”
For more information visit www.DemandDetroit.com.
Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles, transmissions, safety systems and telematics products for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets. Detroit™ products are sold and serviced through a network of hundreds of locations throughout North America. For more information, or to locate the nearest Detroit location, visit DemandDetroit.com. Detroit™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America.
The Detroit™ Connect portal is easy-to-use, one-stop-shop for all vehicle performance data gathered, transmitted and analyzed by Detroit Connect. The portal gives you access to insights delivered by Detroit Connect Virtual Technician℠. The Detroit Connect portal will also give you access to new features, such as Remote Updates, and Analytics, available late 2017.Detroit connect portal login
All DDCSN content has been migrated to our DTNAConnect web portal. All information previously on the DDCSN is now on DTNAConnect. We have created a quick reference guide to help you locate the migrated content on DTNAConnect. Existing DDCSN login credentials will also work with DTNAConnect. Please work with your security administrators for login or content issues. If you do encounter any technical issues, please contact the Software Support Center at 855-639-8680 or email@example.comDTNA CONNECT PORTAL LOGIN
DTNA Connect is the starting point for working with all brands and franchises that fall under the Daimler Truck North America umbrella: Detroit, Thomas Built Buses, SelecTrucks, Sterling, Freightliner, and Western Star. Here, you can access the full spectrum of online applications, resources and tools you need. Whether you use DTNA online resources to complete repairs, purchase parts, submit warranty claims, spec new vehicles or track the status of your truck orders, DTNAConnect streamlines the tasks and activities that are part of your daily work routine.DTNA Connect Portal Login