Integrated Powertrain Control
This paper presents a newly developed integrated powertrain control system. The system coordinates the controls between engine and transmission to optimize powertrain operation for drive quality and fuel economy. This new control system uses the desired engine power as the common load variable for both engine and transmission control instead of throttle as is used in conventional powertrain controls. The main advantages to this control system are improved fuel economy and drive quality. Other advantages and a brief description of the control system will be described in more detail in the following discussion.