Peterbilt has introduced a new, ergonomic column-mounted shifter on the Models 579 and 567.
The new shifter, located on the right-hand side of the steering column, features a multi-mode design and allows control of all transmission and engine brake functions, including gear selection, engine brake mode and manual shifting.
The column-mounted shifter places controls at the driver’s finger tips, minimizing distractions and allowing an increased focus on road conditions and surrounding traffic, the company says.
“The column-mounted shifter takes the ergonomics of the Models 579 and 567 to a new level,” says Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “The column-mounted shifter was designed based on in-depth studies of driver behavior and ergonomics. This new design also allowed us to improve on the usability of our dash by eliminating engine brake control switches.”
With the implementation of the column-mounted lever, a new-design pinch valve located on the dash replaced the traditional lever for trailer brake activation, greatly enhancing control during coupling and uncoupling maneuvers.
The column-mounted shifter will be available on Models 579 and 567 ordered with automated transmissions beginning in October 2017.