The world changed the day someone realised you could divide most of it into ones and zeroes. Electronic control of everyday objects may seem completely natural to the newest generation, but as far as anyone born in the 20th century is concerned modern life has in many ways become more convenient than we once believed possible.

This applies as much to cars as to anything else. The ones being built today are outstandingly faster, safer and more economical than the ones you could buy, say, thirty years ago, and electronics is mostly responsible.

Of course, you can’t digitise everything. It’s difficult, for example, to imagine how tyres could become electronic. But others aspects of cars have gone through the digital revolution. Here we present a selection of the most important developments.

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