From the editors' desk

(Photo: Continental)

[2015-01-16] Continental is going to publish the results of its Mobility Study 2015 as a webcast on January 29. Made by infas, a social research institute, one result of the study is that electric cars have a “green” image especially among German drivers. But so far they barely evoke any emotions.

In the study, a clear majority see electric-driven vehicles as environmentally friendly (72 %), but the perception of image factors that play a key role in the purchase decision, such as driving pleasure (26 %), attractive design (23 %), and sportiness (23 %), is low. Compared to a study from 2011, significantly fewer drivers expect to use e-cars in the next four to ten years.

“After several booming years, the pure electric car is currently facing image problems,” said José Avila, member of Continental’s Executive Board. Maybe it is not just an image problem. Maybe people have doubts if electric cars are really that eco-friendly– meaning that electricity is not actually all that “green”, because it is mostly generated using coal, oil and gas, or even nuclear power.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Vocational training

List of CAN related seminars

[2015-01-28] The following table gives you an overview of upcoming CAN related seminars in the next three month.

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Flow metering system

No components inside the measuring tube

[2015-01-27] The Flowave from Buerkert is a flow metering system without sensor elements in the measuring tube. It communicates via CANopen.

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CAN FD Tech Days

In USA and Europe

[2015-01-29] CiA organizes CAN FD Tech Days in several locations. These one-day events update decision makers and development engineers on the next generation of CAN technology.

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Automatic door system

Airtight or hermetic

[2015-01-28] At the BAU fair 2015 in Munich, Geze (Germany) presented the Powerdrive sliding door system. It offers airtight or even hermitic doors for hospitals. The system connects to building management systems via CAN.

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Display controller

Suitable for harsh environment

[2015-01-28] The eMini XM from Smart Control (China) comes with a 5,6-inch display and provides a control function with 55 I/O’s. It is suitable for heavy industrial applications.

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Joystick

Ergonomic, configurable control solution

[2015-01-28] The WM-580 CAN Joystick from Williams Controls is a hand-operated device which allows movement on a single or dual axis. It comes in over 50 variants, thus meets a range of application needs.

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I/O module

Eight analog inputs and improved design

[2015-01-29] The X-Link module MX-Sens2 8 from Ipetronik (Germany) is an eight-channel analog measurement device with sensor-excitation.

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Software

Checking vehicle installation

[2015-01-28] With the iCheck software from Squarell installers can check whether the correct CAN network is installed and what vehicle parameters are read by the device.

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Power distribution module

For CAN-focused manufacturers

[2015-01-27] Infinitybox’s J1939 Powercell PDM provides ten outputs. It delivers a customizable, modular power distribution platform that can be added to existing CAN-based wiring harnesses.

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Multi-axes control unit

Glass scales and other applications

[2015-01-29] The MACS4-DC3 from Zub (Switzerland) is a multi-axes control unit with integrated servo-amplifiers for positioning with incremental encoders and glass scales. It features CANopen.

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BLDC

For electrohydraulic power steering

[2015-01-27] The CPM90 series from Sonceboz (Switzerland) is a brushless DC electric motor (BLDC) for electrohydraulic power steering (EHPS). It comprises an integrated CAN controller.

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Telematics

Car access via smartphone

[2015-01-22] Porsche Holding Salzburg and Telekom Austria Group have announced a cooperation in the area of the Connected Car: The Dibox lets car owners and third parties collect data on driving performance.

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Servo drive module

CANopen communication on five axes

[2015-01-22] WEG has presented a dynamic servo drive simulator, which operates in five axes. The simulator includes SCA06 servo drives with CANopen communication.

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Oscilloscope

20 variable channels

[2015-01-22] Pico’s Picoscope 3000D Series PC oscilloscopes offer two or four analog channels and a built-in function/arbitrary waveform generator, plus an additional 16 digital channels on the MSO models.

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Automotive platform

Bundling separate in-vehicle systems

[2015-01-21] Link Motion and MTA Spa have announced a strategic cooperation for the Link Motion platform. This software and hardware vehicle computer helps vehicle manufacturers create secure in-vehicle infotainment systems.

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System-on-module

For complex network applications

[2015-01-22] The ECUcore-1021 from Sys Tec Electronic (Germany) is a system-on-module that is especially suitable for the use in complex network applications. It comes with a range of interfaces and features CANopen.

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