Body control electronics shapes up
The electronics revolution is advancing unabated in vehicle and
body control, but the addition of features ranging from electronic
power steering to tire pressure monitoring poses numerous
challenges for electronics engineers.
Telematics comes back on line
Interfaces will play a huge role in expected growth.
The new luxury roadster, designed to go head-to-head with models
from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus, uses an all-new 4.6-L
Northstar V8 and innovative features such as adaptive cruise
control, Magnetic Ride Control, and keyless access.
2005 Ford GT
The company's image vehicle helped develop engineering skills
in the race to production.
Safety and infotainment features abound in the upscale 2004 sports
5 Series changes shape
BMW adopted an aluminum/steel hybrid body in the interests of light
weight and even weight distribution, and worked with ZF Lenksysteme
to introduce active steering.
Nissan aimed to break out of the box and change perceptions of the
minivan as a whole with its all-new 2004 Quest minivan.
Porsche Carrera GT
The German automaker employed the highest of high technologies and
applied for 70 patents in developing the supersport model.
The balance of power
Intelligent management of electrical loads and innovative
power-saving technologies allow current 14-V electrical
architectures to accomodate features and capabilities once thought
to be exclusive to 42-V architectures.