Allison enters production with its next gen electronic controls platform

Rendering of Allison shift selector

In partnership with several leading global OEMs, Allison Transmission announced it has entered production with its next generation electronic controls platform.

Built on four decades of evolution and experience, and combined with state-of-the-art microprocessor and software operating system technology, Allison’s next generation electronic controls platform can deliver advanced communications, functional safety, cybersecurity and over-the-air programming.

Multiple OEMs have partnered with Allison to build the first commercial vehicles equipped with Allison’s next generation platform of electronic controls, the company says.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) collaborated with Allison to build the first walk-in vans equipped with this next generation electronic controls platform, with full production planned to begin in the spring. Additional OEM partners such as Mack Trucks, Prevost and MAN are leading the transition to this next generation of Allison electronic controls to realize the state-of-the-art capabilities enabled by this platform. Allison expects all OEM partners to transition to this controls platform by the conclusion of January 2023.

“Many of the advanced technologies and capabilities offered through Allison’s next generation electronic controls platform are at the forefront of commercial vehicle industry adoption”, says Ryan Milburn, vice president of product engineering, Allison Transmission. “The capabilities require integration at a vehicle system level. System and vehicle level integration expertise is a core competency and differentiator for Allison, and we are proud to deliver these next generation capabilities in partnership with our global OEM customers.”

Numerous hardware and software enhancements were required to support the capabilities offered by this new controls platform, including: a new control module, push button shift selector, as well as a new software operating system, controls and calibration software and cyber security infrastructure. At launch, this next generation platform will support Allison’s 1000 through 4000 Series product portfolio, as well as Allison’s eGen Power electrified propulsion solutions.        

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