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8 The PCB Magazine • September 2015 by Patty Goldman i-connect007 patty's perspectiVe Cars, Cars, Cars! FEAturE Column By a show of hands, who has seen the 2006 Disney/Pixar-animated film Cars? My guess is that most of you have, especially if you have kids. Do you recall thinking, "Yes, this could really happen!" If not, did you think of the film as science fiction, or maybe just fantasy? Well, guess what, it isn't so far-fetched any more, aside from the cute car faces and actual talking. And probably some of the more out- landish stunts or getting mad and racing each other is also a stretch. But, oh my goodness— automobiles communicating with each other and driving themselves? I believe we're there. Unless you ha ve been on another planet or far, far away, you could not have missed the almost daily news items on self-driving cars, new electronic gadgets for cars, new safety fea- tures…and almost as many items about recalls, including this one in a recent Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Tribune: Carmakers scramble to keep hackers from becoming hijackers. And how about this one: Detroit Meets Silicon Val- ley, which talks about Americans' two passions— cars and technology—cooperating and compet- ing. In fact, the jump title (in the newspaper ver- sion) was, "Geeks, gear heads share fate." There's not just slightly more electronics in automobiles—the electronics are increasing ex- ponentially. And all those exciting new features have as their basic building block (ta da!) print- ed circuit boards, components and assemblies. And if you haven't figured it out yet, that's the subject of all three of our I-Connect007 maga- zines this month: Cars—a Driving Force in Elec- tronics. We've got quite a line-up right here in The PCB Magazine. First up, Jason Marsh of Insulec- tro gives a thorough overview of the automo-

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