Review of Automatic Transmission
a Freightliner Smartshift Truck
Simons drove a truck with an automatic transmission
for the first time in his career as a professional truck driver. The
unit that he drove as a loaner truck in December 2014 was a
Mike listed the pros and cons as follows:
- No shift on the floor
- Shifts evenly when the
is in cruise control
- Allows for automatic and
- Allows driver to focus on
- Has a digital gear display
- Goes through gears at its
- Truck started off in second
gear (as opposed to a higher gear which could be selected with a gear
- Acceleration was not smooth
when starting from a stop
This view of the dash through the steering wheel in a
Freightliner Smartshift shows the gear shift on the steering column.
This is a close-up view of the gear shift in a
The gear shift has a switch to allow for movement
between manual and automatic shifting, as well as settings for
- reverse (R),
- neutral (N),
- drive (D) and
- low (L) gears.
To shift up, pull. To shift down, push.
In this photo, the button on the gear shift is
positioned on "N" for neutral.
In keeping with the photo above (in which the gear on
the gear shift is on "N" for neutral), this close-up view of the
digital gear display shows the truck in "N" for neutral.
This photo shows the dash instructions in a Freightliner
Not only are there written instructions but a diagram to
show the various settings.
On a scale from "A" (best) to "F" (worst), Mike rated
the automatic transmission in this truck as a "B".
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