An application field of electronics that requires high reliability and fail-safe systems. Application can vary widely in temperature ranges and a wide voltage range, typically 12v (or 24v) while off and higher when on.

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Openion for chose a servo motor for conveyor [on hold]

I'm trying to make a conveyor.It's not traveled any heavy load.I want to stop it suddenly. I plan to control it's motor by some controlling system.(ex:PLC).What are the parameter that I must consider ...
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AUTOSAR OS configuration example

As with version 3.0, AUTOSAR switched from OSEK-OIL to a XML based format in order to configure their OS. I'm looking now for an example of how this configuration can look like. The AUTOSAR ...
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If I have a device that transmits data over Bluetooth, is it possible to get at that data via a different device with my own custom code?

I am looking at building a tyre pressure info system for my car, but would like to make use of the existing receiver and transmitters that screw onto your tyre's valve stems. A model exists that ...
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brake light controller [closed]

There are kits on the market that flash the third brake light 3 times every time you press on the brake pedal in your car. These are not legal in some states and they can be annoying to other drivers ...
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Kvaser Leaf Light CAN BUS Simulator problems

I'm learning to use this tool Kvaser Leaf Light V2 with CAN-BUS. I'm stuck with some problems. I can read the packets around the CAN-BUS line from the car, I can save it in a text file, but when I ...
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What's the reason for wiring a relay this way?

I came across the following automotive wiring diagram: One thing I don't quite understand is the way they wired the relay. I've got two main questions. It appears to me that they used the exact ...
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Can a CAN bus support power over ethernet?

I'd like to reduce my loom for a battery box. Every time I run a line i.e. CAN or low voltage power, it has to be isolated from the master controller which communicates with each slave. I'd like to ...
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Most ideal wire termination for round screw terminals

My '60 Volkswagen Beetle uses a number of electrical components that are equipped with round screw terminals, like you can see in the picture below: What is the most ideal wire termination for ...
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Multiplexing a CAN bus

I want to use a small 8 bit microcontroller which has only a single CAN rx/tx, i.e. Atmel 32c1, but in my application I need to be able to send and receive requests from two CAN buses. I have read ...
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CAN bus simulation (automotive purpose) - tried Arduino and SparkFun

I repair electric powered steering systems for cars, especially Fiat, Alfa, and Lancya (Delphi manufacturers), and I'm in need of making some tool to test these reparations. I mean just turning it on, ...
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automotive positive negative and ground and switch connection

I am wiring auxiliary light. I want to use my oem switch (momentary) and replace the included push button. I've blew a few fuses, so it's probably better to ask here before I blew up more stuff. I ...
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CAN bus identifiers for the engine control unit of vehicles

I am working on diagnosing engine issues with an engine control unit (ECU) and the CAN bus available in vehicles. This is what I have found so far. Every manufacturer follows the ISO 15765-2 (ISO-TP) ...
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Car radio output voltage

I am working on an amplifier for a car radio for a friend of mine. He is away for few weeks so I can't measure the radio output. That's why I am asking here, does anyone know, what's the ...
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How to measure the current drawn by the radio and the headlights from car battery easily?

I wonder how much current is drawn from car battery when the headlights and the radio are fully open. Is there a way to measure the resistance of the radio or the headlights without unscrewing or ...
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Are car batteries smart-charged?

I use controller based(smart) chargers for my car and motorcycle batteries when they are not in use. Reconditioning options on those actually extend the life of the batteries. Especially in colder ...
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Detecting whether a car is running

I need to design a circuit that will operate in a car, and the circuit needs to know when the vehicle is turned off. The circuit will run from its own battery, and it will basically be an alarm to ...
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Simplest possible circuit to pulldown a 12v line with delayed off? With caveats!

I'm trying to pull down a low-power automotive signal that normally floats high. The trigger is another line going high (12v brake light). I want a delayed off of a few seconds. The usual simple ...
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Bench testing OBDII dongle

I'm currently trying to connect my wifi obd2 dongle directly to a VW ecu that is powered by a bench power supply. I followed the guide here: ...
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Vintage electric car circuit problems

This circuit is in a vintage electric car. The 12 volt circuit works perfectly alone. The 36 volt circuit works perfectly alone. When both circuits are activated the contactor points bounce open and ...
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PIC operating temperature… “industrial” vs. “extended”

I am shopping for a PIC micro-controller for use in an automotive application. I noticed that PICs are offered in both "industrial" and "extended" temperature ranges ([-40C to +85C] vs [-40 to +125]). ...
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Car electronic accessories [closed]

I want to design a computer vision device that will act as a "driving assistant". The device will improve driving safety by acoustically or visually alerting the driver of certain hazardous situations ...
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Arduino in Ground-Chassis (Vehicle): Activate by grounding

I am working with an Arduino as a controller for an Aftermarket Heated Seats Kit and interface for the stock A/C Auto Control Panel (the car did not come with heated seats, and I acquired an A/C Panel ...
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Single wire CAN // Saab 9-3 I-Bus // GMLAN

I'm trying to control an instrument cluster from a 2008 Saab 9-3. It has 2 pins marked for I-Bus (both wires are green, continuity test shows they are tied together as shown here: Some sites also ...
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LEDs not lighting up with reverse bulbs on my truck

Recently purchased the WSFS-NW180-BK LED Light strip from superbrightleds.com, but the LEDs are not lighting up in conjunction with my reverse bulbs. I spliced the LED positive wire with the Reverse ...
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Ignore voltage below threshold

I am trying to detect the presence of +12v on V2 to trigger a digital pin on a micro controller. I am using an opto isolator as I am under the impression that it is the best way to isolate my ...
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Using LiFePO4 battery as car battery

I've had an idea of using LiFePO4 battery as replacement for car battery, since 4 of those in series make nominal 12.8V which is very close to standard 12V voltage. And depending on the cell we can ...
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PNP BJT as a 'switchable' flyback diode?

I have an automotive ignition coil which I'm using as an ignition source for a project I'm working on. During normal operation, the primary coil current will be interrupted periodically to induce ...
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Grounding for car stereo adapter PCB

I've built an audio adapter for car stereo system. It contains microcontroller, a connector to stereo system (a few data pins and line-level audio output), Bluetooth audio module (RN52) and power ...
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Bipolar stepper motor (Alfa Romeo 156 speedo) w/ L293D

I would like to use my Alfa Romeo speedo in my simrig, I have got the cluster pinout and the speed signal is coming from the ABS (Just like any other car, my BMW cluster works like charm). The only ...
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Why does ignition coil have polarity markings?

I know about one reasonable answer to this. The electron emission is easier from a hotter surface, which in a spark plug happens to be the central electrode. So we should connect this electrode to be ...
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Sequential Taillight Modification

I am interested in almost duplicating the functionality of the new Mustangs. When the rear tail lights are activated (there are 3 in a row on each side), I'd like the first one, then the second one, ...
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LED strip segments Parallel vs Serial

I have 5050 RGB LED Strip and an RGB controller (Something like this ...
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Jump start car from lithium ion laptop battery

Building the actual circuits is beyond me at this point, but I'm wondering if it's technically possible to jump start a car from the power contained in a large lithium-ion laptop battery. For ...
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Why is the chassis used as ground in automotive electrical circuits

Automotive electronics generally use the metal chassis as the negative ground connector for the DC circuits. Obviously this saves something on wiring. Is there an electrical reason for this approach? ...
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How to measure RF receiver

I am trying to check how electric devices such as Sunroof could affect the remote key performance range (meter) for cars. I am thinking of measuring relative antenna gain of RF receiver of one test ...
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Why are AC induction engines for electric cars so expensive?

I was reading about electric car engines and from what I've read there are 2 types available, DC brussless or AC induction ones. Each has its advantages and disadvantages but it seems the AC induction ...
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Why don't we get shocked when we touch a car?

According to this answer to a question about car batteries: [...] so the entire chassis is an extension of the minus terminal of the battery. If this is the case, I would expect that you'd get ...
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Simulating a load dump circuit [duplicate]

I am trying to build automotive load dump circuitry to bench test my inverter design. I would like to know if anyone has any experience building something like this. I need to create a 172V spike that ...
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Sense Automotive 12V Circuit from 3.3V microcontroller safely

I want to sense a circuit state in an Automotive circuit (12V nominal) from a 3.3V microcontroller (MSP430Gxxxx). The circuit is normally 12V (or VBat) until either the Wireless ECU or a Door Key ...
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Trigger Relay Only from one specific grounding path?

I have a car wireless door lock system I want to modify. The basic operation is that when the key fob's button is pressed, a light relay is triggered, to flash some of the car's lights, to indicate ...
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Precise Measurement of Noisy Voltage

I'm working on a circuit that will have a current shunt before a device connected to a truck's 12V system. This system can have voltage drift, and large transients during operation. The connected ...
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Automotive Sensor - Excessive Ripple Noise

I'm designing an automotive oil temperature sensor based around a 3-wire RTD. This is my analog circuitry: U1 and U2 provide a 1mA bias on the RTD which is measured by U3 and gained up by U4. R5, ...
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Slowing Down Capacitor Circuit discharge rate

I am currently trying to use a 5 Pin relay on a Motorcycle indicator circuit. The concept is I have a Daytime Running Light (DRL) that is in the same housing as the indicator. When the indicator is ...
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electrical fridge running on car battery [closed]

I'll be out of grid for some days and I'm planning to have a small electrical fridge with me. It's a 12V 4A small fridge with a cigar lighter plug, but I won't have a car with me, so I think I could ...
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Taking power from two different feeds

Probably a silly question I know but I'm not all that good when it comes to wiring but at the same time don't want to blow myself, or my car up! I have a set of sidelights/ daytime lights that take a ...
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Control automotive AC switch via TPS voltage

The A/C compressor is engaged via a single wire that comes from the 'A/C' button on the dash board. I want the A/C button to disengage when the throttle is at 50%. The throttle position sensor (TPS) ...
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Converting a tachometer signal into something a microprocessor can understand

I am attempting to build a digital dashboard for my car (a 1998 honda civic), I have run into a bit of trouble, wherein the tachometer signal is quite hairy. I was wondering if someone would lend me a ...
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Automotive electrical system. How does everything work?

I recently grew a big interest into the electronic world. I also love auto/mechanics, and I’m trying to understand where these two wonderful areas meet. I’m trying to understand the fundamentals of ...
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Sense existing vehicle TPS with AVR ADC

I have an issue sensing the throttle position sensor voltage if the sensor is already being used by the vehicle's own ECM. Namely, the vehicle ECM stops responding to the throttle input after a period ...
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Automotive IO input protection design for ESD, transients, and reverse polarity compatible with ISO 7637

I want to accept an signal that could have any of the transients defined in ISO 7637-3 on it. It is a reset signal that could be tied to 24V in the case of a wiring harness meltdown but typically ...