The article describes how a new generation of computerized controls will not only help cars run better, cleaner, and safer, they will also give the driver an amazing amount of information on the cars performance. Such future electronic developments will include computerized anti-skid braking systems, touch screen CRT controls for computers, and anti-theft systems that eliminate the need for keys. By 1986 some General Motors cars will have seven computers on board, and provide 38,000 commands. Computers will give accurate information on fuel economy, elapsed trip time, estimated times of arrival, and diagnostic checks. The most powerful computer now in use is that controlling engine operation in Ford's EEC-IV: a 16-bit microprocessor. Electronic devices in General Motors cars are noted. The diagnostics service reminders will be invaluable to car owners. The most impressive innovation in this area is BMW's oil-servicing reminder. Chrysler's elctronic navigational system developments are described. Super smart cars of the future, however, will have computers that will talk to each other. The improved computer systems will benefit the car owner in helping improve maintenance.

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  • Authors:
    • Shuldiner, H
  • Publication Date: 1984-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 54-57
  • Serial:
    • Popular Science
    • Volume: 225
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Times Mirror Magazines, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0161-7370

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  • Accession Number: 00493867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM