1988-11-01

A Totally Integrated Vehicle Electronic Control System 881772

A totally integrated vehicle electronic control system is described, which optimizes vehicle performance through use of electronics.
The system implements efficient coordination of functions of the engine, drive-train, brakes, steering, and suspension control subsystems to give a smoother ride, better handling and greater safety. The principles of the system are based on control and stability augmentation strategies. Each subsystem has two observers which control the force of the actuators according to the vehicle dynamics.
The system features a driver support system which allows the average driver to employ the full performance potential of the vehicle in exceptional situations, and an artificial response control system to ensure optimum response and comfort.
Application of the system allows the driver to experience a new level of performance and a marked improvement in handling quality and ride comfort.

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