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The manual gearbox should soon disappear because of driving aids

Autonomous driving does not mix well with a stick shift

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It has long been known that the days of the manual transmission are numbered due to the massive electrification of our cars. This type of transmission is completely dispensable in electric vehicles, since they offer a large and constant torque over a very wide operating range.

On the other hand, hybrid cars also have to be automated because the system must manage the transitions between the electric motor and the thermal unit itself. Despite this race for electrification, manual gearboxes could already begin to disappear from purely internal combustion vehicles.

Driving aids are becoming more and more present due to the many regulations. Automatic emergency braking, for example, is much more effective with an automatic transmission than a manual gearbox. The same applies to semi-autonomous driving, which is much more efficient with an automatic transmission.

It is still possible to link semi-autonomous driving to the manual gearbox, but this would entail significant design costs that will inevitably be passed on to customers. Faced with increasingly strict safety standards, it is therefore almost certain that the manual gearbox will disappear even before the full electrification of cars.

Photo credits Dacia

Photo credits Dacia

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Comments (31)

  • It's like the European Super League and football. It proves that the industry has little to no care for its true fans.

      23 days ago
  • This is why I can never sell my ‘01 MX5, manual transmission and no driver aids.

      23 days ago
  • In other words if you want a car that you don't have to drive there is something for you and it's called a bus or an uber.

      23 days ago
  • Didn’t Ford make a concept EV Mustang with a 6 speed manual though? I think it was shown a few times during the reveal of the Mustang EV SUV.

      23 days ago
    • Yep and BYD did the same but it was just for fun :D

        23 days ago
    • You can make any cars have these things that we enjoy, but they don't work well with them and won't see use in the mainstream.

        23 days ago
  • Simple solution-I ain't buying them!!

      23 days ago
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