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Old 05-01-2013, 03:07 PM
williakz williakz is offline
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Originally Posted by solstice View Post
1. With an MT I can select exactly the gear I want directly without passing through other gears. Each gear has a physical location. I don't need to count or look to see what gear I'm selecting just move the selector to the gears location.

2. I can disengage the clutch with both hands firmly on the steering wheel with no distractions to the hands. This is big when driving on snow and ice and you want to "free-wheel" to recover grip. Today's electronics helps you with this but again this is handing over the control to the car.
So you would be a candidate for D-STAG (Driver Selection of Timing and Gear) where a "clutch" pedal and "gear" stick would be supplied to transmit driver requests to the transmission control unit (TCU) for arbitration and execution. You could select EXACTLY the gear you want using the gear selection input device (stick). You could also control the precise timing of the shift by using the "clutch" pedal to signal the TCU that a gear shift is desired and upcoming.

Your second requirement is both silly and dangerous as modern automatic traction control systems have been demonstrated to be quicker to act and vastly more effective in their co-ordination of various vehicle systems than you could ever hope to be with your single, ill-conceived action of clutch disengagement.
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