|Focus||Computer System Components|
|Topics||Actuators, Powertrain Control Module, Sensors|
Actuators receive signals from the powertrain control module and carry out adjustments needed based on the data the PCM received from the sensors.
The main computer or powertrain control module (PCM) uses pre-programmed software to analyze the input received from sensors and produce output signals to adjust vehicle performance and operation. (Engine control unit (ECU) is another name for the PCM.)
Sensors provide the data necessary for the vehicle's computer to make decisions and monitor everything from simple vehicle information like tire pressure to complexities like the chemical content of an engine's exhaust.