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This third edition has once again been updated and extended by the inclusion of more case studies and technology sections in each chapter. Multiple choice questions have also been added to most chapters. Subject coverage soon gets into a good depth; however, the really technical bits are kept in a separate section of each chapter so you can miss them out if you are new to the subject. I have concentrated, where possible, on underlying electrical and electronic principles.
This is because new systems are under development all the time. Current and older systems are included to aid the reader with an understanding of basic principles. To set the whole automobile electrical subject in context, the first chapter covers some of the significant historical developments and dares yet again to speculate on the future … What will be the next major step in automobile electronic systems? I predicted that the ‘auto-PC’ and ‘telematics’ would be key factors last time, and this is still the case.
However, as 42 V systems come on line, there will be more electrical control of systems that until recently were mechanically or hydraulically operated – steer-by-wire, for example. Read on to learn more … Also, don’t forget to visit http://www.automotivetechnology.co.uk where comments, questions and contributions are always welcome. You will also find lots of useful information, updates and news about new books, as well as automotive software and web links. The book has grown again! But then it was always going to, because automobile electrical and electronic systems have grown.
I have included just a bit more coverage of basic electrical technology in response to helpful comments received. This can be used as a way of learning the basics of electrical and electronic theory if you are new to the subject, or as an even more comprehensive reference source for the more advanced user. The biggest change is that even more case studies are included, some very new and others tried and tested – but they all illustrate important aspects. There has been a significant rationalization of motor vehicle qualifications since the second edition. However, with the move towards Technical Certificates, this book has become more appropriate because of the higher technical content.
The needs of these qualifications are met because the book covers theoretical and practical aspects. Basics sections are included for ‘new users’ and advanced sections are separated out for more advanced users, mainly so the ‘new users’ are not scared off! Practice questions (written and multiple choice) are now included that are similar to those used by awarding bodies. Keep letting me know when you find the odd mistake or typo, but also let me know about new and interesting technology as well as good web sites. I will continue to do the same on my site so keep dropping by.