Embedded Electronics in Electro-Mechanical Systems for Automotive Applications 2001-01-0691
The extensive use of electronics has revolutionized the implementation and scope of many of the features and functions in a modern automobile. This automotive electronic revolution has significantly improved the performance, reliability and comfort of the automobile. In some cases, electronics have also simplified component fabrication and automotive assembly. However, the full potential that electronics have for reducing the assembly complexity of the automobile has yet to be realized. More extensive use of electronics embedded into mechanical components and mechatronic systems will significantly simplify automotive assembly in the future. This paper examines three current and future applications of embedded electronics in automotive applications. These examples illustrate the advantages and challenges associated with embedded electronic concepts. Future applications, new technology development needs, and changes in automotive component sourcing, are discussed. Given the significant advantages of embedding electronic functions into automotive system enclosures, it is clear that this trend will gain momentum in the future. The end result will provide significantly higher value and higher reliability transportation for the consumer.