PADERBORN, Germany – Electronic components are proliferating in new-vehicle programs, bringing bumper-to-bumper intelligence to devices that, years ago, interacted with each other through purely mechanical means. Engines, transmissions, brakes, steering systems, suspension components, seats, windows, doors and especially instrument panels have turned many of today’s vehicles into a maze of unseen electronic control units (ECUs), with each “brain” dedicated to a specific function. And ...

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