1991 Eighth International Conference on Automotive Electronics

28-31 Oct 1991

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  • Software reliability-the link with EMC

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):106 - 111
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    Software design can have a profound effect on system behaviour in respect of such issues as EMC. The author discusses phenomena experienced during automotive system development programmes to support this contention, and describes the ways in which problems generated by the phenomena were overcome. Conclusions are drawn regarding software design in relation to achieving overall system integrity wit... View full abstract»

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  • Equipment and methods for the evaluation of driver performance in relation to vehicle instrumentation

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):140 - 144
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    Manufacturers are largely responsible for the original man-machine interface of their vehicles. A wide range of additional and replacement instrumentation is also available which is becoming increasingly sophisticated. The effects of new instrumentation, particularly information systems, may have safety and traffic management implications beyond the `microscopic' interaction between driver and ins... View full abstract»

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  • Managing the risks associated with software in vehicle programmes

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):102 - 105
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    The author finds that software error is just one of a large number of risks associated with the development and production of any electronic module for a vehicle. The motor industry has several generations of experience in assessing and managing these risks in its vehicle development programmes. The particular risk associated with software needs to be measured against these well-known concerns, so... View full abstract»

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  • DRACO: a transient recorder for road accidents

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):135 - 139
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    The authors describe a transient recorder for road vehicles named DRACO (driving accident coordinating observer). An accident recorder has the basic function of collecting data which relates to the behaviour of a vehicle when it is in an accident. In this sense it simply acts as an on-vehicle observer of that vehicle's movements and internal systems only when it has been subjected to an impact. Th... View full abstract»

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  • Issues in the validation and verification of vehicle software

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):98 - 101
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    Despite the special difficulties of automobile software, with its stringent but evolving requirements, there are many powerful techniques for software verification and validation. However, there are practical limits to the reliability which can be demonstrated, and it is essential to follow a well-defined and rigorous specification and development process View full abstract»

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  • Multichip packages-the nest stage of integration for automotive electronics?

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):182 - 186
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    The ever increasing complexity and pervasion of electronics on modern vehicles has an omnipresent problem-space. Whilst the benefits of adding electronic control to various functions is appreciated, the space taken by the electronic control unit is not. Consequently electronic systems are forced into hostile environments and provided with very little space. The authors illustrate the potential rol... View full abstract»

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  • Performance of new silicone adhesives and encapsulants at high and low temperatures

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):174 - 177
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    Silicone coating and encapsulation materials are well established products used in many applications ranging from construction to aerospace. Silicones are very successful in providing the environmental protection of car electronic systems. Automotive electronics are exposed to hazards that most electronic components never encounter, including high humidity, constant vibration and extreme temperatu... View full abstract»

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  • Testing of automotive electronic components regarding influence of electromagnetic field strength levels radiated by lightning discharges-application to a multiplexing communication system

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):68 - 73
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    Experiments have been developed by the French automobile group during a lightning testing campaign in order to evaluate, in situ, the risks incurred by automobiles from thunderstorm illumination. The authors describe the logistics developed in view of performing the tests on two vehicles: a PSA 405 MI 16 and a Renault truck, placed on the lightning research station of St Privat D'Allier during sum... View full abstract»

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  • Development of an automotive accelerometer for advanced chassis management applications

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):198 - 202
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    The authors describe the development of a low-g automotive accelerometer from the original inception to the point of final product development. They detail some of the problems encountered and the outcome of experimental work. The accelerometer is based on micromachined piezoresistive silicon View full abstract»

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  • The use of transponder technology in road traffic control

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):130 - 134
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    The authors describe some of the developments in transponder technology in particular with reference to European research. The potential applications and benefits of using transponder's are discussed as well as a consideration of how they may be integrated to support a number of different traffic control and management applications. The author describes the technical development and field-testing ... View full abstract»

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  • System integration: a North American perspective

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):7 - 10
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    The electronics revolution in the automotive industry continues in full swing. Automotive electronics were predicted to and did explode in the early 80's and there continues to be no end in sight. For North American-sourced vehicles it is now predicted that by 1995 the automotive electronics market will reach $14 billion and $21 billion by the year 2000. In the early 1980's the market was in the $... View full abstract»

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  • The application of artificial neural networks to provide safe access to driver information systems and other noncritical automotive functions

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):165 - 169
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    The need for intrinsically safe access to driver information systems and other noncritical automotive functions is a pressing one and needs no elaboration. Voice access systems have been proposed for this. The authors describe the results of an initial investigation into the use of time encoded speech (TES) fixed size, fixed dimension A-matrices as the input layer of a simple neural network, confi... View full abstract»

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  • An overview of in-vehicle control systems development

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):95 - 97
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    For over ten years, Ford Motor Company has been developing and gaining experience in powertrain management control systems. The current system (EEC-IV) includes numerous control algorithms and software, covering a very wide range of applications throughout the company's powertrain products. The examples and specific methods are based on the development life-cycle presently established for the engi... View full abstract»

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  • Microcoded timing coprocessor for enhanced engine management

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):58 - 62
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    The author describes the architecture and functional operation of a multi-tasking, micro-coded timer unit specifically designed to synthesise and capture the high resolution, real-time signals required to meet the developing needs of the automotive industry particularly with respect to the increasing demands for exhaust pollution reduction combined with improved performance and drivability of the ... View full abstract»

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  • Contribution to a future European traffic structure-progress report

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):112 - 119
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    PROMETHEUS is an exclusively pre-competitive research programme for the automotive industry. Safety, environment protection and improvement of road transport efficiency and economy are the main objectives. Traffic scenarios for the future are looked at and the focus of PROMETHEUS on Europe is discussed View full abstract»

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  • 80 GHz automotive radar

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):145 - 149
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    The idea of equipping cars with radar has been around for a long time, but it is only with the arrival of low cost, compact millimetre-wave radars, that such systems have become practicable. The availability of suitable radar sensors and of sophisticated digital signal processing has opened up two important applications for millimetre-wave radar in cars: one is as a relatively simple forward-looki... View full abstract»

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  • Vehicle auxiliary power applications for solar cells

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):187 - 191
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    Solar cell technology is today at the point where automotive applications can be considered. The author reviews solar cells as a power supply for battery charging, ventilation and auxiliary power for lighting, vehicle security and other applications. Preliminary results from testing of solar car ventilation systems concepts are discussed. Comparisons are made of the leading solar cell technologies... View full abstract»

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  • Automated thermographic inspection of surface mount solder joints

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):178 - 181
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    The authors describe a thermal imaging technique for inspecting solder joints on a surface mount assembly. It is anticipated that this method will allow the simultaneous identification of all the defective joints present on a surface mount assembly. The basis of the technique is to capture real time thermal images of the assemblies as they cool following their exit from the reflow soldering proces... View full abstract»

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  • Class 2: General Motors' version of SAE J1850

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):74 - 78
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    Class 2 is the term used by General Motors (GM) for its implementation of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1850 specification for Class B (medium-speed) serial data communications. Class 2 operates at an average speed of 10.4 kbit/s and uses an encoding scheme known as variable pulse width (VPW) modulation, transmitted on a single wire medium. The silicon which GM uses is being developed... View full abstract»

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  • Noncontact rotary sensors for automotive use

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):203 - 207
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    As automotive systems develop in their complexity and performance a need has emerged for noncontact rotary position sensors which offer significant durability enhancements over traditional resistive track rotary devices. Such reliability improvements are particularly important when the sensor is to be used with safety critical chassis and power-train management systems. Contactless rotary sensors ... View full abstract»

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  • Automotive electronics-a Japanese perspective

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):11 - 18
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    Automobiles have become a vital element of Japan's modern transportation infrastructure today and are indispensable to the conduct of daily life as well as to the country's industrial structure. Automobiles convey 71% of the people transported in Japan, account for 65% of the total transported population-kilometers and haul 91% of the nation's total freight tonnage. The prosperity of the industria... View full abstract»

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  • Driver information systems-who wants them?

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):170 - 173
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    The market for driver information and navigation systems is in its infancy. As can be expected at this stage of the market, there is only a limited range of product offerings, there is little or no commonality of product features, and prices are comparatively high. In the next few years the demand will gradually mature, the market will be better understood, products will be differentiated to match... View full abstract»

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  • An enabLing technology for automotive systems-linASIC

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):63 - 67
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    The authors show how a linear ASIC technology satisfies many of the previously unfulfilled requirements of automotive systems. Taking a real example of an automotive oil level sensor, the principle of combining high performance analog circuitry with digital electronics is examined. This application shows how many simple automotive functions may achieve a single chip solution with such a technology... View full abstract»

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  • Digital beacon vehicle communications at 61 GHz for interactive dynamic traffic management

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):120 - 124
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    As a first step to driver support systems, digital beacon-vehicle communication systems are being developed. The author discusses work proving that millimeter waves in the region of 60 GHz are very well suited for beacon vehicle communications. The author examines different kinds of modulation schemes appropriate to low cost receiver equipment, to simultaneous operation of the communication equipm... View full abstract»

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  • Millimetre wave technology for collision avoidance and cruise control

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):150 - 154
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    With the degree of electronics present within automobiles (cars, lorries, etc.) increasing, and with the development of cruise control, and subsequently, collision avoidance systems, it is natural to apply millimetre wave radar technology to this application. The authors describe the way that the technology developed for millimetre wave systems has now been further enhanced and used in a vehicle m... View full abstract»

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