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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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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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. Safety in car networks emerged as an underrated topic that is becoming more and more important.

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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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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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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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Service robots

Cows decide when it's milking time

[2014-11-13] The Boumatic (Netherlands) milking robots are equipped with CAN providing sensors from Sick (Germany). With those milking robots, cows can decide for themselves when they want to be milked.

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Motion controller

Comes with M12 CANopen connectors

[2014-11-13] Schneider Electric provides its Lexium MDrive series with circular M12 connectors.

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Q&A with Emtas

“We are a late bird only at first glance”

[2014-11-14] Andreas Boebel from Emtas (Germany) on implementing CAN FD, CANopen in pedelecs, and what building a house has to do with developing CANopen stacks and tools.

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Servo drive

With dimensions of 40 mm x 40 mm x 15 mm

[2014-11-12] The Neptune from Ingenia (Spain) is a servo drive with a footprint of 40 mm x 40 mm. It comes with CANopen, USB and EIA-232 capabilities.

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Motor controller

For e-mobility and vehicular applications

[2014-11-13] Advanced Motion Controls (USA) has launched the DVC250A060 and DVC200A100 CANopen devices. They can be configured by means of the AMC’s Driveware 7 software tool.

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CAN-USB dongle

Protection from high voltages

[2014-11-12] Vision Systems’ VScom USB-CAN ISO is an adapter from USB to CAN with galvanic isolation. It connects a PC to the CAN network via the USB interface, while protecting the PC from high voltage problems on CAN network signals.

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Inclinometer

Sensing ±30 degrees in pitch and roll axis

[2014-11-12] The OIAC2 tilt sensor by Optoi (Italy) provides CANopen connectivity. It features an accuracy of ±0,5 degrees.

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Single board controller

Mechanical drop-in replacement

[2014-11-12] The P-Series Bear Bones Controllers from Divelbiss (USA) consists of open-board controllers, specialty function expanders, and I/O expanders. They provide control features in an open-board format that is suitable for machine control.

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Door controller

For trams, buses, and coaches

[2014-11-12] Tamware (Finland) produces the TW-265CAN and TW-465 door controllers, which features CAN connectivity. They operate in a temperature range from -40 °C to +75 °C.

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ESD protection diode

Protecting CAN network lines

[2014-11-11] The PESD2CAN from Protek Devices (Germany) is designed to protect CAN network lines and other industrial applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and other transients.

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PCI board

Four high-speed CAN channels

[2014-11-11] HMS (Sweden) has expanded their Ixxat (Germany) PC/CAN interface series with the CAN-IB300/PCI and CAN-IB400/PCI. The two CAN cards are modularly expandable with up to four CAN interfaces and driver and tool suite support.

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Acceleration sensor

Monitoring of shocks and vibrations

[2014-11-11] The acceleration sensor GAM900S from Baumer (Germany) provides a control system with precise acceleration information via CANopen or an analog interface. It is used in wind turbines.

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Transceiver

Suitable for up to 5 Mbit/s

[2014-11-10] Atmel has launched a series of high-speed transceiver chips for CAN FD networks, which provides optionally low-power capability compliant with ISO 11898-5. The temperature range is -40 °C to +150 °C.

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Micro-controller

For driver assistance systems

[2014-11-11] Renesas provides the RH850/P1x-C series, a solution which delivers functional safety, encryption, performance and communications for driver assistance systems that enable self-driving cars. CAN communication is provided.

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