Electronic systems are among the most unloved parts of any car. When they work, nobody takes any notice of them. When they stop working, everybody hates them, because there’s no easy fix.

You can’t just tap them with a hammer in the hope that that will sort them out. They have to be replaced, usually at startling expense.

Still, this reputation is unfair, because electronic systems are little miracles of technology. Without them, cars would be far slower, less comfortable, more polluting and significantly more dangerous than they are now.

In an attempt to inspire some love for electronics, here are some of the ways they make cars better.