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[2014-07-18] Are you looking forward to self-driving cars? CiA is definitely excited to see what kind of autonomous cars the future will bring, but apparently the FBI is quite worried by this development. The Guardian has obtained one of their restricted reports, which warns that self-driving cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”

The FBI warns that instead of keeping their attention on the road, "bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of both hands". One such scenario could include suspects shooting from cars during a chase. Another fear is for hacked cars to be used as weapen: Cars with explosives on board could become self-driving bombs.

We can't know for sure, but we suspect the NSA is not worried about the rise of the self-driving car. Since these cars rely on communication for navigation, the NSA surely knows where each of them is at any given time anyway - and if they want those cars to stop, they stop.

Annegret Emerich, Nickel Plankermann, Cindy Weißmüller, Holger Zeltwanger

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Security conference

Tesla only partially hacked

[2014-07-24] Last week’s Syscan-360 Security Conference in Beijing (China) posed a challenge: a prize of US$ 10 000 was announced for anyone who managed to hack a Tesla. The prize money went unclaimed - none of the participants managed to meet all specifica...

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Nissan

Semi-autonomous cars in 2020

[2014-07-21] Recently, the Japanese carmaker Nissan unveiled its milestones plan for autonomous driving. The first step will be the introduction of a traffic jam pilot and an automatic parking system. By 2020 semi-autonomous cars will have gone to serial producti...

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PLC

With Devicenet scanner module

[2014-07-24] Rockwell Automation (US) has announced the Allen-Bradley Micro820 programmable logic controller (PLC), an addition to the Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC family. With the Devicenet scanner plug-in module, the family also offers Devicenet communication.

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Safety device

With I/Os and drive interface

[2014-07-24] The CMGA from Festo (Germany) is a safety system with the option of integrated drive monitoring for one axis. It monitors safety switches or speed and position transducers and can be extended with a CANopen module.

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CAN recorder

Automatic interpretation of CANopen messages

[2014-07-24] The iSaft recorder by Teletel (Canada) is a network traffic capture, recording, and analysis tool for the validation of satellite and spacecraft on-board communication protocols and data networks. It implements among others the CAN protocol family.

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Mobile data terminal

Configurable: J1939 and other CAN protocols

[2014-07-24] PR3820 by Pran Systems (Canada) is a mobile data terminal. It is Windows CE 6.0-based with a 4,3-inch TFT LCD screen and equipped with a touch screen. The unit has an embedded open architecture platform designed for new in-vehicle demands.

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J1939 & OBDII interface

Connecting PCs with on-board computers

[2014-07-24] Kvaser (Sweden) has announced application-specific versions of its Leaf Light version 2 interface. In addition to a bare board version for embedded applications, tailored versions of the interface for automotive and commercial vehicle diagnostic appl...

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Interface cable

Connecting NMEA 2000 to various bus systems

[2014-07-24] Victron Energy (Netherlands) offers a variety of CAN interfaces: an interface between the company’s bus system (VE.Bus) and NMEA 2000, a BMV to NMEA 2000 interface, and a VE.CAN to NMEA 2000 interface.

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Liquid level sensor

Operating temperature up to +125 °C

[2014-07-23] The liquid level sensor by Gill Sensors (UK) comes with marine standard NMEA 2000 compatibility. It features an electronic operating temperate range of -40 °C to +125 °C and is suitable for tanks up to 2 m deep.

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Interface manager

Testing CAN, CANopen, and J1939 systems

[2014-07-23] The X-Analyser 3 by Warwick Control (UK) is a Windows-based tool that uses Kvaser, Softing, or Vector CAN-interfaces to test the user’s CAN, CANopen, J1939, Devicenet and LIN serial network systems.

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CANopen functionality

CompactPCI PowerPC board

[2014-07-23] The CPCI-CPU/5201 board by ESD (Germany) was designed for cost sensitive applications with low power consumption and a long product availability. The CompactPCI-PowerPC board offers CAN interfaces and CANopen.

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Electronic position indicator

Backlit LCD display improves readability

[2014-07-23] The electronic position indicator AP10 from Siko (Germany) is serial-network-capable and used as the core of a monitored format adjustment. The product features CANopen and an inverted backlit LCD display.

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Transceiver

Filters CAN FD messages

[2014-07-11] NXP has presented an idea on how to run Classic CAN controllers in a CAN FD network. It is based on a transceiver able to filter CAN FD messages and also the Error frames caused by the Classic CAN chip.

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Oscilloscope

Decoding software for CAN FD

[2014-07-16] Teledyne LeCroy (US) has introduced a CAN FD rate trigger and decode solution. It enables designers to gain insight in to their systems, correlating physical layer signals and protocol layer data on a single display.

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Mind-controlled car

Forget the steering wheel

[2014-07-15] A team of researchers in China is experimenting on controlling a car by means of thoughts. Using a special headband, the driver’s commands are send via the CAN network to the related ECUs.

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