Faster in-car network could revive by-wire technologies

By Ralph Kisiel, Automotive News

Munich, Germany — Automakers are close to adopting a faster in-car data network standard that could revive brake-by-wire and other by-wire technologies.

Analysts say BMW AG will introduce the FlexRay high-bandwidth data network on a limited basis in the next-generation X5 SUV in Autumn 2006.

BMW will use the system only to control dampers on the X5 suspension, says analyst Chris Webber, vice president of Strategy Analytics’ automotive practice in the United Kingdom.

“It’s the first production application of FlexRay in the world,” he…

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