HARD DRIVES: COMPUTERS IN CARS MAY BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT SINCE THE WHEEL

Second generation On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to computers in cars. Through a labyrinth of electronic sensors, multiplex wiring systems and computer modules, just about everything that happens in a car is controlled by a computer, from gear shifts and spark ignition to anti-lock braking. The 1996 Lincoln Continental's electronic system represents the new wave of automotive computers. The driver can select low, normal or high steering effort; plush, normal or firm ride settings for the ride; and decide if the horn honks when the alarm is activated, if the seat slides back and down for easier exit when the key is turned off, and if the rear view mirrors point down when reverse is selected. The engine, in addition to OBD II, has an Electronic Engine Control (EEC-V) module which controls fuel mixture and spark timing. Because of these electronic advances, the Continental in one of the most driver-controlled vehicles on the road today, and it is not alone in terms of computer sophistication. In the next century, your car's best friend may well be a computer technician.

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    Automobile Association of America

    Chicago Motor Club, 999 E Touhy Avenue
    Des Plaines, IL  United States  60018
  • Authors:
    • Strongman, T
  • Publication Date: 1996-5

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00724897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 159
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM