Peterbilt updating truck electrical unit

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Updated Sep 27, 2018

Peterbilt says it will upgrade its electronic control unit on Models 567 and 579 trucks set for production next month to increase customer functionality and simplify body upfitting.

Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager for sales and marketing, says the electronics capacityVehicle Electrical Control Unit (VECU) will provide customers access to “advanced technology functions and expanded configuration of the overall truck operation.”

Peterbilt worked with customers and truck equipment manufacturers to improve the electrical integration process of a Peterbilt chassis with a vocational body. Proper electrical communication between the chassis and body is key to maintaining reliability. Peterbilt offers a variety of body connectors to make the integration process simple.

This includes customized settings for PTO operations, multiplex switches to improve diagnostic capabilities and additional safety interlocks. Customers will also be able to utilize a standard RP1226 connector, located inside the cab, to easily connect aftermarket electronic devices like telematics systems, ELDs and electronic body controls.