[2015-07-16] Using non-standardized measurement units does not often result in the explosion of US$125 million, but sometimes it does. In 1999, NASA lost a Mars orbiter because an engineering team used American units instead of the metric system. At that point, NASA had been using the metric system for years, but apparently not all of its engineers had gotten the message.
At the CAN Newsletter, we want to publishing our texts in accordance with the internationally standardized terminology and physical units. This means that we don’t use mph but km/s, or bps but bit/s. We distinguish between 1000 byte (1 kbyte) and 1024 byte (1 KiB). CAN 2.0A and CAN 2.0B are also not part of our vocabulary: We prefer to use Base Frame Format and Extended Frame Format instead, as defined in ISO 11898-1, the official standard for CAN.
In press releases, we often find funny physical units and terminology, which are not in line with internationally agreed rules. It seems that the acceptance in the electronic industry is still very low.
[2015-07-29] Schunk, known for its safety grippers, has presented safety concepts for each of its mechatronic pillars. The goal: a method for collaboration between humans and handling systems. CAN plays a role in the control of the grippers.
Continuous damping control
[2015-07-29] ZF offers a one-axle version of its damping control system for commercial vehicles. It is suitable for vehicle axles with frequently differing load conditions. The system uses information provided on the vehicle CAN network.
[2015-07-23] Security researchers have again taken over a car – this time from 16 km away. While the two automobile hackers previously had to directly connect to the CAN network to hack the car, they have now found a way to control it remotely.