There are a great many reasons automated mechanical transmissions (AMTs) and their fully automatic brethren are rapidly becoming the gearboxes of choice in the North American truck market: better fuel economy, lower maintenance, and less stress and strain for truck drivers piloting big rigs. Yet there’s another trend at work here, and that is the need to bring more brain power to transmissions and to provide them with the ability to “think,” for lack of a better word. A ...

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