Automotive Control is not a very old terminology in the auto engineering world. It has, however, come to be recognised as a driving factor in automotive innovation over the last two decades. Of late, the significance of automotive control has grown in size and depth as automakers struggle to turn autos into efficient machines that emit less, consume less fuel, are safer, comfortable and user-friendly. The book, Automotive Control SystemsÃ¢â‚¬â€For Engine, Driveline, and Vehicle by U Kiencke and L Nielsen looks deep down into the interesting world of automotive control. Reflecting the trend to optimisation through integrative approaches for engine, driveline and vehicle control, this valuable book enables control engineers to understand engine and vehicle models necessary for controller design and also introduces mechanical engineers to vehicle-specific signal processing and automatic control.Progressing through the finer dimensions of various elements that make up the terminology, Automotive Control, the book emphasizes on perspectives followed by thermodynamic engine cycles. Under thermodynamic engine cycles, the authors address professional engineers as well as students about ideal combustion engines as well as alternative combustion engines. Under the engine management systems, the book delves into basic engine operation, fuel control and ignition control in spark-ignited engines. Further deep down, various elements like intermittent fuel injection, air mass per combustion cycle, ignition angle control and others are analyzed, explained. Under engine control systems, the authors go deep into lambda control, which is central to the close loop systems of today's automobiles; idle speed control, knock control, combustion torque estimation and cylinder balancing. Interestingly, the explanations are accompanied by illustrative diagrams and charts. Something that the readers are going to appreciate. The emphasis on measurement, comparisons between performance and modeling, and realistic examples derive from the authors' unique industrial experience and interactions within IFAC and SAE. Particularly interesting is the chart that shows a comparison between HC, NOx and CO emissions before cat conversion and the one after the conversion on a lambda controlled engine. Next the topic touches upon globally valid lambda compensation. An interesting yet important topic which the authors refer to is knock control. Its likely causes and effect are well explained. Chapter 5 of the book talks about driveline control. Starting with basic driveline equations, the chapter touches upon clutch, transmission, propeller shaft and final drive. Chapter 6 looks at vehicle modeling. Touching upon the increasing use of computer simulations in the design of new vehicles, the chapter looks at various issues like wheel ground contact point velocities, friction co-efficient calculation, translatory and rotational motion of the chassis, suspension, vehicle stability and validation. Under vehicle parameters and states, the authors touch upon vehicle velocity estimation, identification of vehicle parameters, vehicle body side slip angle observer and approximation of other vehicle parameters. Next is vehicle control systems like ABS and yaw dynamics. The authors go deep into issues like torque balance at wheel road contact and control cycles of the ABS system. Something that the readers of this book will find of great importance, is the derivation of simplified control law and derivation of reference values. Under the chapter for road and drive models, the authors talk about road models, PID driver model and hybrid driver model. The highlight of this book is the manner in which it addresses professional engineers as well as students. With only a few exceptions, the approaches are close to those utilized in actual vehicles, rather than being theoretical constructs.