Understanding Automotive Electronics

Understanding Automotive Electronics

An Engineering Perspective

6th Edition - December 23, 2002

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  • Author: William Ribbens
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481494

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Essentially all automotive electrical systems are effected by the new electrical system voltage levels. As in all previous editions, this revision keeps Understanding Automotive Electronics up-to-date with technological advances in this rapidly evolving field.

Key Features

  • Discusses the development of hybrid/electric vehicles and their associated electronic control/monitoring systems
  • Contains the new technologies incorporated into conventional gasoline and diesel-fueled engines
  • Covers the shift from 14-volt to 42-volt systems and includes info on future automotive elctronic systems


Automotive engineers, technicians, students and enthusiasts. Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) - 83,000 members, 15,000 thousand of which are students. Many of these members are part of the affiliate society Service Technicians Society

Table of Contents

  • Automotive Fundamentals; The Systems Approach to Control and Instrumentation; Electronics Fundamentals; Microcomputer Instrumentation and Control; The Basics of Electronic Engine Control; Sensors and Actuators; Digital Engine Control System; Vehicle Motion Control; Automotive Instrumentation; Diagnostics; Future Automotive Electronic Systems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2002
  • Published: December 23, 2002
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080481494

About the Author

William Ribbens

Professor Ribbens received his B.S.E.E. degree in 1960, his M.S.E.E. degree in 1961, and his Ph.D. degree in 1965, all from the University of Michigan. From 1962-69, he was an assistant research engineer, associate research engineer, and research engineer. He was appointed assistant professor in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1993. He was appointed professor of aerospace engineering in 1995. His research most recently has focused on electronic systems and devices that are applicable to all vehicles. His particular emphasis has been on engine control applications, mathematical models for drive-train systems, computer-assisted diagnostics for electronically controlled engines, and failure detection systems. His work in these areas has substantially advanced the art of automotive electronics, and he is recognized as a world leader in this area. He served on the Hitachi Science Board, a distinction given to few U.S. academics. He was also a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, General Motors Technical Center, and the Technical University of Berlin.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Electronic Engineering at the University of Michigan; Past Director, Vehicular Electronics Laboratory, University of Michigan, USA

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