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Mack’s new Predictive Cruise combines GPS and the Mack® mDRIVE™ transmission with a cruise control system that learns on the go. Predictive Cruise learns the topography of your route and uses that knowledge to automatically adjust speed, torque and gearing the next time you’re on that road.
Predictive Cruise allows your truck to adjust speed and gain momentum when approaching a hill. It then avoids unnecessary downshifts as you near the crest and prevents unnecessary acceleration once you’re at the top. Finally, it lets the truck coast downhill before sensing the end of the grade and gently adjusting speed so the truck maintains momentum for the next hill.
The Predictive Cruise system utilizes a built-in GPS that maps truck movement on every road. The first time you drive a route, Predictive Cruise tracks each hill and hollow, then remembers the road elevation and terrain so it’s ready to help you make the most of every future drive.
Mack’s automated manual transmission works with the Predictive Cruise system and the rest of the powertrain to maximize driver comfort, payload, performance and fuel economy.
Predictive Cruise’s algorithm doesn’t just memorize one route for repeated use. It stores up to 4,500 hills in its database so that every route is familiar territory.
When you drive a logged route, Predictive Cruise uses its knowledge of the road’s topography to adjust vehicle speed, engine torque and gear, reducing fuel consumption
by up to 1 percent per drive cycle.
Predictive Cruise takes the reins when it comes to managing and gearing up for terrain, allowing drivers to focus on the cargo, road and traffic conditions around them.
Predictive Cruise operates as a part of Mack’s legendary integrated powertrain, working seamlessly with Mack MP® engines, axles and mDRIVE™ transmissions for improved efficiency, increased uptime and lower cost.