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Created 05e May 2020

Electronic Control Unit

What is an Electronic Control Unit?


An electronic control unit (ECU) is an embedded system in vehicle electronics that is responsible for controlling a specific function. 

A vehicle could have + 100 ECUs, controlling functions that range from the essential (such as engine and, steering) to comfort (such as heated seats, and air-conditioning).

An ECU also control the security and access (such as door locks, and keyless entry), and passive (such as airbags), and active safety features (such as automatic emergency braking).

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