As we move ever-closer to truly autonomous vehicles, we are seeing ever-higher levels of electrification in the vehicles that leaving modern production lines. In many cases the electronic content is low-power technology that brings additional processing and sensing capability to the vehicle, making it safer and easier to drive.
Alongside this, electrical and electronic systems are replacing some of the mechanical and hydraulic systems within the vehicle. These older systems, including steering, starter motors, water and fuel pumps were heavy and prone to wear and, ultimately, failure. Through replacing these belt-driven pumps with electric motors and their associated control electronics the vehicle becomes cleaner, more efficient, more reliable and lighter.