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Commercial Vehicle Electronics

Addressed are the pertinent technologies related to commercial vehicle electronic systems, the environment the system must work in, the advantages of electronic systems over non-electronic control systems, and the various needs to be fulfilled before commercial vehicle electronics can become a reality. Some current commercial vehicle electronic systems are described and future electronic systems are evaluated. The major challenges confronting designers of future commercial vehicle electronic systems are also presented.
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Fully Integrated Truck Information and Control Systems (TIACS)

Electronic sub-systems are being developed for heavy duty trucks. However, these sub-systems are being developed as individual entities i.e., information, monitoring, recording, control systems etc. This paper identifies the current, near term, and long range system requirements and suggests ideas for a fully integrated Truck Information And Control System (TIACS) aimed at an orderly approach to a vehicle electronic system for heavy duty trucks.
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The Challenge of Automotive Electronics in the U. S. A.

The growth of electronics from the vacuum tube to the transistor and finally large scale integrated circuits and the impact of this growth on automotive electronics is discussed. Brief descriptions of current automotive electronic sub-systems are presented. Several experimental automotive integrated electronic systems, including diagnostic systems and display systems, which have been developed and tested are covered. A simple digital system containing inputs from transducers and driver commands; outputs to displays and actuators, and a central processor is used to describe the problems associated with installing an integrated electronic control system on an automobile. The problems associated with automatic radar braking are enumerated.
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Agricultural and Construction Vehicle Electronics

Application of electronics to agricultural and construction vehicles is shown to be motivated by two basic needs — increased productivity and improved protection. Increases in productivity include gains in both machine performance and operator efficiency. Improved protection includes prevention of expensive machinery failures and more effective safety systems to protect the operator. Reasons for needed improvements in productivity and protection are first described, then several examples are given of current electronic systems used in both agricultural and construction equipment. Finally, future electronic systems are considered and many examples of anticipated next-generation agricultural and construction developments are detailed.