In a clutch-by-wire application, the clutch is opened or closed with a clutch actuator. The position of the actuator is specified by a position sensor on the clutch pedal. The driver can control the vehicle intuitively just like a classic manual transmission. In situations where combustion engine torque from the vehicle is not required and the driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal, the system detects this situation and opens the driveline automatically. The engine now either continues running at idle speed or may be turned off, dependent on the system. When the driver presses one of the pedals, the driveline closes again depending on the situation. Torque can now be transmitted by the clutch again.