TOKYO – For electronics engineers, the word “platform” has a different meaning than for most of their colleagues in other product-development fields. For them, the ultimate goal is a single super platform – an electrical architecture for all vehicles, or at least all vehicles in their own model lineup. The main motivation is cost, as the number of electronic control units (ECUs) has expanded precipitously, even in mass-market cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan ...

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