The electronics revolution is advancing unabated in vehicle and body control, but the addition of features ranging from electronic power steering to tire pressure monitoring poses numerous challenges for electronics engineers.
Interfaces will play a huge role in expected growth.
The new luxury roadster, designed to go head-to-head with models from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus, uses an all-new 4.6-L Northstar V8 and innovative features such as adaptive cruise control, Magnetic Ride Control, and keyless access.
The company's image vehicle helped develop engineering skills in the race to production.
Safety and infotainment features abound in the upscale 2004 sports tourer.
BMW adopted an aluminum/steel hybrid body in the interests of light weight and even weight distribution, and worked with ZF Lenksysteme to introduce active steering.
Nissan aimed to break out of the box and change perceptions of the minivan as a whole with its all-new 2004 Quest minivan.
The German automaker employed the highest of high technologies and applied for 70 patents in developing the supersport model.
Intelligent management of electrical loads and innovative power-saving technologies allow current 14-V electrical architectures to accomodate features and capabilities once thought to be exclusive to 42-V architectures.