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Steve Loudon is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the development and deployment of automotive electronic systems, including safety systems - airbag controller and vehicle stability systems and aftermarket electronics such as fleet management controller. He has a wide breadth of electronic subsystem experience, including motion and location sensing, hydraulic and electrical actuation, and cellular data communications, and has applied his engineering and management skills in multiple domains including electronic design and manufacture, firmware design, development and testing, as well as engineering development process definition.

Steve was born and raised in the Motor City to a family steeped in automotive tradition, maintained and modified personal automobiles for 30 years. He has a Master of Science degree in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Skills Summary

Steve is an expert in the following areas:

  • Electronically controlled automotive vehicle dynamics control systems, including brake-based vehicle dynamics controls, as well as the control of active and semi-active suspension systems
  • Electronic and electrical component design
  • Firmware development from 8-bit assembly language programming to object oriented programming to automatically generated software using Matlab/Simulink’s code generator
  • Knowledgeable in all current automotive communication protocols - SAE J1850, ISO-9141, Keyword Protocol 2000, CAN, SAE J1708, SAE J1939 and Flexray
  • Development of location based systems utilizing GPS
  • Development of data communications using UDP/IP via GSM cellular communication networks
  • Design processes and practices for robust hardware and firmware development – Capability Maturity Model (CMMi), ISO-26262, GM/Delphi VDP

Patents Awarded

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,758,537: Method of Controlling a Brake Valve Apparatus
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,591,179: Method and Systems for Progressive Engagement of All-Wheel Drive
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,588,859: System and Method for Vehicle Stability Control Enhancement Control with Surface Estimate
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,481,806: Vehicle Braking Apparatus having Understeer Correction with Axle Selection
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,453,226: Integrated Control of Active Tire Steer and Brakes,
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,438,483: System and Method for Vehicle Stability Enhancement Control During ABS Operation
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,408,229Method and apparatus for detecting and signaling racetrack operation of a motor vehicle