Self Study Program 501 – Vehicle Sensor Technology Physical Principles

VAG SSP 501. This self-study programme on the physical principles employed in vehicle sensor technology will help you to brush up on the knowledge you acquired at school. Amongst others, terms concerning central theories of physics such as quantum mechanics or relativity occur repeatedly; these are given little consideration or are disregarded entirely in school. We are not concerned with explaining these theories in precise mathematical terms here, however, as this would exceed both the scope and the point of this booklet. The intention is to inform you that these important theories exist and to convey the central importance which these often very abstract concepts have for the technology which surrounds us.

In automotive engineering, increasingly high standards of safety, operation and comfort are leading to increasingly complex systems. Depending on their task, these systems require a vast amount of information, which is supplied to them by sensors. The result is an almost incalculable number of different sensor types and  sensor  designations.

However, all of these sensors and the way in which they function are based on a limited number of physical principles and physical measurement processes.

The objective of the self-study programmes on vehicle sensor technology is to explain these different measurement processes and their physical principles clearly and vividly and to associate them with the different sensor types. The system employed in these booklets is intended to make it easier for you to recognise the sensors installed in the vehicle systems and to assess what information they supply to the system based on the different laws of physics. The self-study programmes on the vehicle sensor technology are therefore designed as a central reference work which is intended to help you understand complex  vehicle systems and support you in fault finding.


  • Introduction
  • What is motion?
  • What is energy?
  • What is matter?
  • What is magnetism?
  • What are electromagnetic waves?
  • What is sound?
  • What do U, I, R and C mean?
  • Glossary

The self-study programme presents the design and function of new developments!
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Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 44

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