From the editors' desk

[2014-11-14] The Automotive Networks conference opened with a speech on security in car networks this year. Car makers are slowly becoming aware of possible problems, and are taking steps to prevent attacks on cars. They are also becoming more adventurous and might be inviting attacks on cars: Volvo has started the "Roam Delivery" project, where parcels can be delivered directly to a customer's car. Digital keys make it possible to transform the car into a delivery pickup and drop-off zone. The appeal is obvious: delivery problems are nothing new, but the increase in online shipping has worsened the problem.

According to Volvo, the customer "hands out a digital key and can track when the car is opened and then locked again. Once the pick-up or drop-off is completed, the digital key ceases to exist. The system is based on the functionality of the telematics app Volvo On Call." So far, so good. The question remains: Do you want to hand over access to your car to a total stranger?

Annegret Emerich

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PLC

Multi-processor system

[2014-11-26] ABB (Germany) has added the PM595 to its AC500 series of PLCs. It comes with a range of communication possibilities including CAN and CANopen.

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GSM/UMTS unit

Remote diagnostics reduce travelling

[2014-11-26] Proemion (Germany) has presented the CANlink mobile, which lets users diagnose a vehicle or machine from a remote location without being there. It features CAN connectivity.

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Variable frequency drive

Versatile communication options

[2014-11-25] With the PowerXL DG1 Eaton (Germany) is offering variable frequency drives for industrial and building automation applications for ratings from 0,55 kW to 160 kW. They feature CANopen and Devicenet among other communication systems.

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Q&A with Motronica

“Compact displays are hard to find”

[2014-11-24] Giorgio Delucchi from Motronica answered five questions about his experiences with CANopen. He found CANopen EDSs are of different quality, depending on the specific field of the device supplier.

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Motion controller and drive

With PLC functionalities

[2014-11-24] Technosoft (Switzerland) has added the iPOS3604 HX-CAN to its iPos series of drives. It is a motion controller and drive in a single unit supporting CiA 301, CiA 305, and CiA 402.

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Virtual cockpit display

All information in driver’s field of vision

[2014-11-19] The latest Audi TT comes equipped with a novel display and operating concept: A display-based instrument cluster bundles all of the instrument, navigation, and multimedia information in the driver's field of vision.

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Automotive Networks

Getting to know CAN FD

[2014-11-20] Hanser’s Automotive Networks conference in Stuttgart concentrated on Ethernet, but left some room for CAN FD. Security in car networks emerged as an underrated topic that is becoming more and more important.

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Q&A with Vector

“More CAN FD networks will follow”

[2014-11-19] Peter Decker from Vector answered our questions about plans for CAN FD at Vector, CAN FD tools, and what the future holds for Classical CAN.

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High voltage thermocouple

Temperature measurement for hybrid vehicles

[2014-11-19] Ipetronik's business division Ipemeasure has extended its range of high voltage products by a thermocouple module for K-type sensors. The measurement data output happens via CAN.

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Multimedia navigation system

Retrofitting motorhomes

[2014-11-20] Combined with a vehicle-specific Omnimask kit, Zenec's Z-N720 multimedia navigation system integrates, both visually and technically, with different car models. Omnimask comes with CAN interfaces.

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Seminar in Vaasa

Design information management

[2014-11-20] The CiA Competence Center in Finland is organizing a seminar on “Open and systematic, multi-disciplinary design information management”. The seminar will take place on December 9 and 10, 2014 in Vaasa.

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Telemetry

RPM and speed measurement via CAN

[2014-11-19] With the RPM-8000-OBD2, Kraus Messtechnik (Germany) offers a solution for revolutions-per-minute measurements without an additional sensor.

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CAN-USB gateway

Software and ECU interface over CAN

[2014-11-19] ATI (US) has announced a CAN interface for ATI hardware and other CAN devices to its Vision calibration and data acquisition software and to ECUs. The pocket-sized CANary interface module provides two CAN channels.

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Data-logger

Fixed CAN delay for timing stability

[2014-11-18] Racelogic (UK) has announced the release of firmware version 2.1 for the VBOX 3i GPS data-logger range. The additional features include a fixed CAN delay.

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