Smartshift™ Advantage – Freightliner

In Freightliner, News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJanuary 1, 2016

Designed to offer more freedom in the cab, Freightliner SmartShift™ is a huge shift forward in automated mechanical transmission technology.

Mounted to the steering column, hands-on-the-wheel shifting offers drivers more room in the cab and minimises the fatigue that can build up over the course of the day when using a traditional gear-shift transmission.


Additional SmartShift™ advantages include:

  • Easy to operate with the push or pull of a hand lever.
  • More space in the cab because the floor-mounted or seat-mounted shift control is eliminated.
  • Dash-mounted display.
  • No need to remove hands from wheel to operate.
  • Driver’s eyes remain on the road which means less physical and mental driver fatigue.
  • Automatic shifting feature is easily overridden.

SmartShift™ Customer Benefits:

• Fully automated shifts that can be overridden when required for total control
• In ‘manual‘ mode, easy to shift with the push or pull of a hand lever
• No worries about grinding gears, avoiding driveline damage and expenses
• Easier shifting to allow drivers to concentrate on road and traffic

Column-Mounted Control
• Less obstructive than floor or seat mounted controllers
• No gear lever, for more space in cab and improved access to the sleeper Clutch Required Only for Starts and Stops
• Better fuel economy – shifts at the most effective engine speed and torque
• Perfect shifts every time
• Prolonged clutch life, to reduce running costs

Dash-Mounted Display
• Conveniently located on dash panel, or Freightliner‘s Driver Message Centre – constantly alerting driver of gear selection
• Provides information on engaged gear and gears available

• No need to take your eyes from the road
• Automatic shifting feature can be overridden by the driver, to maintain momemtum
• Eliminates the possibility of missing a gear whilst shifting, so as not to become a road hazard
• No need to remove hands from wheel to operate to maintain vehicle control
• Drivers‘ eyes stay focused on the road, maintaining awareness of surrounding traffic