Modern vehicles are employing more electronics than ever before to make them more efficient and ultimately, safer. Improved efficiency not only reduces vehicle running costs but also means less heat is generated in the on-board electronic systems. This, in turn, means those systems can operate with less cooling, allowing them to become smaller. Smaller systems are, by definition, lighter - which also has a positive impact on the efficiency of the vehicle.
Consumers see the benefit of enhanced in-vehicle technology in terms of greater functionality in areas such as comfort, infotainment, security, connectivity and driver assistance systems. The increased efficiency has a particular impact on EVs and HEVs that will travel further on a single charge.