Title: From complex mechanical system to complex electronic system: the case of automobiles

Authors: Arturo Angel Lara Rivero

Addresses: Departamento de Producción Económica, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Unidad Xochimilco, Calzada del Hueso 1100, Col. Villa Quietud, Delegación Coyoacán, C.P. 04960, D.F., México

Abstract: Most of the papers related to the automotive sector have concentrated on the description of the mechanical nature of vehicles yet very rarely on the study of the electronic nature of new vehicles. In order to show the profound transformations that have occurred over the past four decades, it is necessary to integrate into the explanation, the way in which electronic components and systems have transformed the nature of automotive vehicles. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the nature of evolutionary processes implied in the vehicle's transition from complex system into complex adaptive system.

Keywords: automotive evolution; automotive technology; automobile industry; networks; automotive electronics; automotive software; vehicle evolution; vehicle design; complex adaptive systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.058366

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2014 Vol.14 No.1, pp.65 - 81

Available online: 18 Dec 2013 *

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