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Automotive Systems – What’s going on?


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Modern cars have a huge number of computers on board all of which share information between each other. The presentation shows some of the advanced features on modern cars and gives an insight into vehicle systems of the future.

Date and Time

07 March 2018 - 18:30-21:00


Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Jonathan Higgins (jhiggins@theiet.org) for more information.

About this event

If you drive then you know that when getting into a car, everything seems simple. But underneath it's incredibly complex. With up to 100 ECUs which are all part of the automotive embedded system, the design of the Controller Area Network (CAN bus) is similar to that of a motorway system. Data moves like vehicles from high-traffic highways to local roads via on and off ramps. Thousands of data points traverse this motorway at any time along any given stretch and can get off at any exit.

Throughout the car are various computers called electronic control units, or ECUs — the traffic lights and intersections of the road-system analogy. Each ECU has several jobs: controlling the engine or transmission, winding windows, unlocking doors, controlling the lights – and the list goes on. These computers have sensors and switches wired in to detect variables such as temperature, pressure, voltage, acceleration at different angles, braking, yaw and roll of the vehicle, steering angle, and many other signals. When an ECU needs a signal from a sensor connected to an ECU elsewhere in the car, that's where the CAN comes in.

So this is today – but what of tomorrow, and how will the “connected car” interact with the road environment?


1830  Networking & Refreshments
1900  Lecture, followed by Q&A
2100  Event finishes

Reasons to attend

By attending this lecture you will gain a fascinating insight into what goes on below the skin of a car – or any other road vehicle for that matter. Individual components are no longer controlled by just a positive and negative connection – there’s so much more going on. And in the future, cars will talk to other cars as well as the rest of the road network – so how will this be achieved?

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

CPD Certificates (if required) are available after the event upon request from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker: Dr Peter James, Technical Specialist/Director,  Lyra Electronics Ltd
Dr James is Technical Specialist and Director at Lyra Electronics Ltd specialising in electric and hybrid vehicles and green energy systems, for which he has worked for six years. Prior to Lyra Electronics he worked for Prodrive Ltd and Lucas Ltd in roles varying from Senior Engineer to Chief Engineer and Technical Specialist. During his career he has designed and developed 3 phase brushless motor drive, high and low power DC-DC converters, battery cell monitoring and balancing systems, power distribution module, control ECUs, and software for both embedded and desktop applications. He also writes low and high level Simulink software, simulates power electronics and hybrid and electric vehicle energy requirements and performs health and safety training for work on hybrid and electric vehicles.

Peter was also chairman of the IET’s Automotive and Road Transport Systems Technical Professional Network and was scrutineer and defined regulations for the TTXGP electric motorcycle championship. He is now a scrutineer for the MotoE electric motorcycle championship.

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.

This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program. 


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