The modern automotive consumer is demanding high quality, reliable, safe, lower cost, environmentally friendly and easier to use product. This requirement drives engineers, and forces management to think of new methods in terms of on‐board automotive sensor‐to‐software solutions, better and more efficient engine management and control systems. In the garage, consumers finally want to know what is happening and why, what parts are changed and why and what were the exact time/cost issues of the job. This leads us to smart, advanced sensors, linked by software driven information systems that provide traceability throughout the entire lifecycle of the automobile from the engine to the tires. The traditionally very conservative automobile industry finally got the spirit from the robust client‐server Internet multimedia technology, and the real‐time (digital) distributed sensor/networking and multimedia entertainment opportunities.
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