Predictive Powertrain Control

Predictive Powertrain Control

The easy road to better driving – with Predictive Powertrain Control.

Predictive Powertrain Control§ allows you to operate even more economically. Because the system always knows the route ahead. And this provides for fuel savings of up to 5% on motorways and highways with PPC coverage in western and eastern Europe. The system integrates a driving style optimised for the route topography into the operating mode of the automatic transmission and, in conjunction with the precisely coordinated shift strategy, allows fuel savings of up to 5% to be achieved.

Using satellite-based positioning technology and maps, Predictive Powertrain Control1 (PPC) identifies the course of the road and any downhill and uphill stretches ahead. The data provides the basis for the optimisation of the shift points, gear steps and the set cruise control speed. The kinetic energy of the vehicle is used as far as possible to avoid unnecessary acceleration, shifting or braking. PPC knows some 350,000 kilometres (95 %) of European trunk roads and can be used at speeds between 25 and 90 km/h.

Advantages at a glance.

  • Predictive Powertrain Control2: up to 5% less fuel consumption resulting from driving style adapted to the given topography
  • Detection of the course of the road, e.g. uphill and downhill gradients ahead
  • Optimisation of shift points, gear selection and the cruise-control speed setting
  • Optimum use of the system via traffic-dependent setting with adjustable upper and lower hysteresis
  • Available across Europe on motorways and trunk roads with PPC1 coverage

Predictive Powertrain Control1uses digital 3D road maps and GPS information to generate an electronic horizon which is employed to optimise shift points, gear selection and the set cruise control speed in anticipatory mode. In this way, a driving style adapted to the given topography which will generally be beyond the capabilities even of experienced drivers can be integrated into the automated system, resulting in additional fuel savings of up to 5%.


[1] Not available for Atego.
[2] Optional equipment. Not available for Atego. 

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