It's going that way in trucking also. Except, the 18-wheelers are not getting Allison
style hydraulic automatics, but automated mechanical transmissions such as used on
Formula 1 race cars. That is, a normal Road Ranger type transmission is outfitted with
computer controlled actuators that shift the gears and even operates the clutch. The
computer already controls the fuel to the engine, so the the system double
clutches flawlessly. One large national fleet is reportedly already all automated.
I have not driven one yet, but I do know that the whole point is to make the vehicle
easier to drive for the less mechanically oriented folks - an important point with
the shortage of drivers.
I like to shift gears myself, and I HATE the slushbox in my Dodge pickup, but the
Allison in Millicent is very impressive in the way it works. Nothing like the slipping
and hunting in a car-automatic at all.