Ford has patented a new manual transmission that does not require a clutch. The concern has patented an innovative electronically controlled transmission in the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to the document, the new “mechanics” will allow manual gear shifting. At the same time, for those who want to use the traditional clutch, the third pedal will remain in the cars.
The new gearbox is a manual transmission with an electronic clutch. The electro-hydraulic mechanism allows you to shift gears using only the selector. The electronics responsible for the operation of a traditional clutch receive signals from a pressure sensor on the gear selector or from a converter mounted on the third pedal. At the same time, the latter does not have a mechanical drive and will remain in cars for drivers who are not ready to immediately abandon the classic control of a vehicle equipped with “mechanics”.
Such a system should make manual transmission control more compatible with a hybrid powertrain. At the same time, it is not yet known which cars will receive an electro-hydraulic clutch.
Specialists suggest that the new Mustang, as well as Bronco SUVs or Ford hybrid models, will be equipped with similar technology. It is possible that a technically complex transmission will complicate maintenance, as well as increase the cost of future cars of the brand.