Turning every driver into an eco driving champion - ESCOT-Ⅵ

“A top priority for customers has always been better fuel economy and, today, they are also looking for an easier-to-drive truck – not only to alleviate driver fatigue whilst contributing to safer driving – but also to mitigate the shortage of experienced drivers. Taking into account the demands of the customers, ESCOT-Ⅵ is simple to operate and focuses on ECO Drive. All ECO functions are included under ECO mode, such as ESCOT-Roll, and the acceleration limiter function. ECO mode is automatically activated at engine start; simply select D and drive, and let ESCOT-Ⅵ automatically optimize gearshifts for the best fuel economy. When he or she requires the full power of the GH engine, the driver can still deselect the ECO mode, by a simple finger push on the ECO off button conveniently positioned on the centralized control steering wheel.”

Aki Hoizumi
Vehicle Product Offering Manager
“To reach the desired objectives, our engineers reworked both the mechanical and electronic aspects of the ESCOT transmission. For example, mechanics-wise, we worked on the counter shaft performance to improve gearshift speed; electronics-wise, we optimized our shifting software to reduce fuel consumption. For an easier operation, we engineered a new gear lever with a straight shifting pattern. To assist the drivers further, we improved the performance of the reverse gear. Another breakthrough enhancement via software engineering is the new Escape function. When the truck gets stuck in a ditch on snowy or muddy ground, now a driver can simply press and release the accelerator pedal, and the vehicle will start to sway back and forth to get itself out of its sticky predicament. With ESCOT-Ⅵ, even a new driver is now able to handle this type of situation as easily as an experienced driver with a manual gearbox.”

Kunihiro Kaneko
Project Leader for Automated Manual Transmission Project
“We tested ESCOT-Ⅵ relentlessly, in all kinds of situations, such as on mountain roads, highways or in traffic jams. One of the most interesting new functions is Foretrack. It is one of the new exclusive fuel-efficient solutions that is included with ESCOT-Ⅵ. Foretrack constantly learns the typography of the road the truck is driving, then from the second time on the same road, Foretrack will automatically optimize the speed and gear-shifting, in the most fuel efficient way possible. The function works under ECO mode with Cruise Control activated. The truck knows when and how much to accelerate, when to use engine break and exhaust break to control the speed, reaching maximum fuel efficiency driving the second time on the same route.”

Akira Mutou
Feature Test Engineer for Driving Performance and Fuel Economy

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