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Some Recent and Future Automotive Electronic Developments

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Science  18 Mar 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4283, pp. 1156-1160
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4283.1156


The automotive industry continues to examine new electronic technologies for their applicability to the automobile. Today, 16 electronic systems can be found on the automobile, and future engine and emission control systems will soon be added. Truck systems of interest include wheel-lock control, vehicle weighing systems, and tire pressure warning devices. Digital electronic displays and multiplex wiring systems are expected to be near-term developments and, on a longer-range basis, it is expected that automatic radar brakes and intoxicated-driver interlocks will receive considerable attention.