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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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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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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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Coupler

Linking CANopen devices to Profibus

[2014-07-16] The DP/CAN coupler by Systeme Helmholz (Germany) links CANopen devices to a Profibus-DP network. It provides CANopen NMT-master functionality.

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Alert system

Designed for ship owners and shipyards

[2014-07-17] MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched Soteria, an alert system designed to complement the company’s Hatlapa and Porsgrunn range of steering gear. It is based on a CAN network.

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Measurement system

Modules for many signal types

[2014-07-17] Mueller-BBM’s PAK MKII is a mobile, multi-channel measurement system for technological acoustic and vibration analyses. It offers more than 100 channels, among them a module with two CAN interfaces.

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Measurement and I/O modules

Captures physical sensor signals

[2014-07-16] The Cansas series by IMC (Germany) is comprised of a variety of CAN-based measurement and I/O modules. They are designed for the decentralized capture of physical sensor signals close to the point of measurement.

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Operator panels

Plug-in communication modules

[2014-07-16] Red Lion Controls (US) announced that it has expanded its Graphite series of operator panels with two plug-in communication modules for CAN and J1939. The panels are available in different models and sizes.

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Embedded box computer

EN 50155 TX class railway standard

[2014-07-16] With the Railway Computer Compact 71, Syslogic (Germany) offers an embedded computer that has been developed solely for use in railway applications. The railway computer works without any moving parts.

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Security conference

Hack a Tesla, win $10000

[2014-07-14] At this week’s Syscan-360 Security Conference in Beijing (China), a prize fund of $10 000 has been announced for hacking into the CAN network of a Model S from Tesla.

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Conference

Automotive Networks 2014

[2014-07-14] The Hanser publishing house organizes the Automotive Networks 2014 congress. It will take place in Stuttgart (Germany) in November.

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