Sometimes it’s the smallest things that have the biggest impact. Semiconductors, also referred to as microchips, are tiny parts, but for the automotive industry the worldwide chip shortage is having a major impact on the production of new cars.
Semiconductors, of which there are many in today’s modern vehicles, manage a plethora of functions, among them computer engine management and driver assistance systems.
Covid-19 shutdowns, which have
impacted microchip production, have served to
compound the shortage problem.