How robotic gearbox works

More and more often, when it comes to cars, we hear about robotic gearboxes , or robotic controls. But how does the robotic gearbox work ? What are its main characteristics and what should you know before evaluating a car with a robotic gearbox?

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How does it work?

The controls of the robotic gearbox

How to drive with the robotic gearbox

Robotic gearbox is worthwhile

How does it work?

Let’s start by remembering that the operation of the robotic gearbox depended on an electric engine control unit that coordinates the clutch, thus allowing the engagement of gears.

The control unit, on the basis of the input received, increases or decreases the engine revs, thus allowing the correct gear to be engaged. Since this is a robotic gearbox, there will be no need to act on the clutch pedal, although the car will still allow the driver to choose whether to keep the manual gearbox or switch to the automated one.

The commands of the robotic gearbox

In cars that are equipped with a robotic gearbox, the controls are usually located on a lever located in the center of the seats or next to the steering wheel. Although each car manufacturer can choose to adopt a different approach, usually on the lever there will be some “standard” symbols such as:

  • the letter R to indicate reverse;
  • the letter N to indicate “neutral”, that is the condition of absence of engaged gears;
  • the letter A to set the automatic gearbox,
  • the symbols + and – for the gears.

How to drive with the robotic gearbox

Driving a car with a robotic gearbox is pretty straightforward, but some attention is still required in the early stages in order to learn the typical automatism of this gearbox. In fact, it should be borne in mind that there is no use of the traditional clutch, and that if perhaps you have been using the manual gearbox for years, the behavior of “looking for” the pedal could be intuitive. In addition, the robotic gearbox can be automatic or sequential depending on the preferences and settings of the vehicle.

Having clarified this, the car with robotic gearbox can be driven very easily.

In particular, to be able to drive a car with a robotic gearbox it will be sufficient to use only the right foot for accelerator and brake, then getting used to the typical mechanisms of this gearbox but what are they?

First, start the vehicle making sure the gearbox is in neutral. Just push the brake, engage the gear and then release the brake by pushing on the accelerator (remember that there is no clutch!).

At this point if the car has an automatic gearbox it will be sufficient to push on the accelerator, releasing the brake, without engaging the gear.

If, on the other hand, the car is equipped with a sequential robotic gearbox, you will have to push the gear lever up + or up – if you want to increase or downshift. If the car has an automatic gearbox, the operation will be carried out – in fact – automatically at the moment of acceleration or deceleration.

And for the reverse ? Nothing could be simpler: it will be sufficient to push on the brake and set the gear lever to the letter R, and then release the brake by accelerating progressively.

Robotic gearbox is worthwhile

At this point, one might wonder whether or not it is worthwhile to opt for the purchase of a car with a robotic gearbox .

In reality, there is no one answer that applies to everyone. However, we can highlight how cars that have a robotic gearbox are certainly much more comfortable to drive than those with a manual gearbox, and that ensure a much quieter drive. Not using the clutch allows the driver to enjoy a more peaceful and fluid driving experience, thus avoiding the major mechanisms of a manual gearbox.

That said, many people do not like to opt for this type of gearbox, also due to the higher costs involved in buying a car equipped with this technology.


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