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More electronics in Detroit's 1985 models: Bells and whistles take a hack seat to functional, efficient design and to the integration of instrumentation

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Describes the ways in which automobile manufacturers are moving toward a more mature, integrated-systems approach to design. Innovations in 1985 cars include improved diagnostics, better engine controls, a new automatic load-leveling scheme, travel computers, air-bag restraints, antilock braking, AM stereo, a computer-controlled viscous converter clutch, and a retained power feature for powering certain accessories after the ignition has been turned off.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 10 )