In-Car Ethernet Isn’t What You Think

by Damon Lavrinc
October 16, 2012

The average car has a few miles’ worth of cables and wires. They handle everything from controlling your anti-lock braking system to telling you how much fuel is left in the tank. Cables and wires are efficient and reliable. They’re also heavy and expensive, which is why Ethernet will be the next in-car connectivity standard.

Bringing Ethernet to cars will do more than reduce the complexity and cost of wiring your ride. It will be instrumental in helping automakers boost the fuel efficiency by reducing weight — something of particular importance to automakers trying to hit federal fuel economy standards of 54.5 MPG by 2025.

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