Today’s power distribution centers do a whole lot more than provide a fused pathway. They need to provide power to an innumerable amount of onboard electronic devices and at the same time they have to do the job with less weight.
Aside from air ride systems and electronically controlled sway bar equipped vehicles, if we keep our discussion to only electronically controlled shocks and struts, the systems really fall only into three basic categories.
While there are still late model vehicles out there sporting the basic gauge package, sender-driven magnetic gauges are as archaic now as bimetal units were 20 years ago. Just about every instrument cluster is computerized.
Have you looked under the hood of a hybrid vehicle lately? If you have, then you already are familiar with the fact that there no longer is a serpentine-style drive belt to turn the accessories. Perhaps you have seen the advertisements that on some models of hybrid vehicles you can control the climate control system from your smartphone. Things definitely are changing.
Volvo Car Group will use the Geneva Motor Show to reveal its new in-car control system, which is designed around a large tablet-like touch screen that will simplify and enhance the way drivers operate their cars.
One of the most difficult things to diagnose in the automotive electronics world is electrical noise. There are more ways to cause noise, and noise is often classified as different things: distortion, interference, jamming, etc. Just to make it easier to talk about, we will just call it all noise.
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