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Automotive Sensors by John Turner

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CHAPTER 1

SENSORS IN THE VEHICLE

John Turner

1. INTRODUCTION

Modern vehicles can have up to one hundred microcontroller-based electronic control units (ECUs). These are fitted to enhance safety, performance, and convenience. As the complexity and safety-critical nature of automotive control systems increases, more and more sensors are needed.

The problems of congestion and environmental effects associated with increasing vehicle ownership and use are well known. Throughout the world, the climate of opinion is turning against unfettered mobility. In most developed countries, government transport policy places increasing emphasis on the efficient management of existing roads and recognizes the difficulty of satisfying demand by building new roads. ...

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