Adaptive Transmissions and Relearning
For a lot of people, the inner workings of an engine are a mystery – and so is the ability to peer under a hood and get an idea of what’s going on. But the days when our grizzled old grandpa could remove a transmission, fix it up, and replace it are long gone, thanks to the rise of electronics that monitor and adapt to how an engine runs. This is especially common now in diesel engines.
Today’s transmissions are much more complex than they used to be. A few decades ago, transmissions were commonly only 3-4 speeds, so while they did require some training to understand, they weren’t a complete mystery. Now, though, you can easily find 6-, 7-, or even 10-speed transmissions, each of which adds a layer of mechanical complexity. In addition, the role of electronic management in the engine has grown, too – so now overlaid on any transmission is a “smart” computer system, capable of adaptive learning using the data it collects while you drive.