WHEN IT comes to automated transmission technology, ZF has been at the cutting edge and, with its new Traxon transmission, the German giant appears to have taken a further step down the evolutionary path.
A cut-away display of the Traxon shifter had some people wondering what it was all about.
According to ZF, it’s simply lighter, stronger and more intelligent than anything that has gone before it. The fundamentals are that it comes in 12- and 16-speed versions and will cope with input torque capacities up to 3400Nm, or 2500ft-lb, which means it’ll handle the outputs of the most powerful truck engines on the market today. Along with a broad range of modern features and claims for being substantially quieter and smoother, one of the attractions is what ZF calls ‘Prevision GPS’.
Simply, Traxon has capacity to use satellite information to track any changes in topography and continually determine the best operating mode for the truck.