May '19

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rv-pro.com May 2019 • RV PRO • 31 expect," says Tony Sippel, vice president of sales, marketing and product strategy for FCCC. In launching DriveTech, Sippel says FCCC delivered on its goal of "streamlining and simplifying controls to help RVers focus their full attention on maneuvering and piloting the coach." To accomplish this, FCCC completely redesigned its driver console to put everything in one centralized, easy-to-reach location, according to Bryan Henke, FCCC manager of product marketing. The result of that change was to create a more automotive-like feel, he says, adding that the improve- ments were made by leveraging FCCC's relationship with parent company Daimler/Mercedes-Benz. "This is a Daimler proprietary system; it's not something we bought off the shelf and installed," Henke stresses. Drive- Tech was about two years in the making, from initial concept to the finished product, he adds. The DriveTech console's automotive ergonomic steering wheel and column-mounted controls are paired with FCCC's upgraded OptiView all-digital gauge display, which features a bright, anti-glare display and an easy-to-read interface. The OptiView instrument cluster offers users access to extensive and customizable coach data, including fuel economy, perfor- mance settings, vehicle and internal diagnostics, transmission prognostics and system information, according to Sippel. Other notable OptiView features include Bluetooth mobile connectivity offering hands-free operation through easy-to-reach controls and an optional tire pressure moni- toring system that shows the pressure of each tire and triggers alerts for low pressure, high pressure or leaks – even for tires on a trailer or tow vehicle. What's more, DriveTech offers FCCC's RoadWatch assisted driving and safety system as an option. Sippel says RoadWatch offers features including collision mitigation with forward warning and active braking, roll stability con- trol, electronic stability control, automatic traction control plus adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set speed or automatically adjusts when a vehicle is detected ahead. Another DriveTech feature is right-handle level controls for the transmission and engine brake, which Henke says is easier to use and less distracting than traditional shifter pads. Meanwhile, the left-hand column controls command all standard operations for driving safely, including windshield wipers, headlights and turn signals, which Henke notes is consistent with an automotive experience. Sippel activates the electronic push-button start on the demo console, which provides users with a quality simulation of how the various controls work on an actual motorhome equipped with DriveTech.

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