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2016-07-28 (ae): Driverless cars devide opinions, and they did so even before the fatal accident of a semi-autonomous Tesla. In the end, the drivers of tomorrow will be the ones to decide if they trust this technology and Bosch asked them about their car of the future. Apparently, six year olds want their cars (and we are not talking about Bobby cars) to be driverless – and kind to the environment. Let's hope car makers take their advice to heart!

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Configuration tool

CAN FD in remaining bus simulations

[2016-07-28] The Flex Config RBS software of the Star Cooperation is a configuration tool for remaining bus simulations and gateways in the automotive area. Version 4.1, extends the application to CAN FD.

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Overload protection

Certified safety for crane systems

[2016-07-28] Tecsis has introduced Germany’s first certified system solution for overload protection in crane systems. With PLd/SIL2 certification, the ELMS1 protects personnel when heavy loads are moved.

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Panel PC

17-inch touchscreen for industry

[2016-07-28] With the IOVU-17F, ICP Deutschland offers a 17-inch Risc panel PC that comes ready to use. The panel PC is suitable for industrial settings and has one CAN channel.

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Motion controller

Control of 32 interpolated axes

[2016-07-27] Robox (Italy) offers a motion controller that is able to control up to 32 interpolated axes driven through CANopen or Ethercat.

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Automotive engineering

Scalable data acquisition with CAN port

[2016-07-27] The Siquad data acquisition system of GHM Messtechnik detects sensor data quickly and accurately. Its modular design allows for rapid adjustment to differing measurement tasks.

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Connected car

Protection for the entire vehicle ecosystem

[2016-07-26] Argus Cyber Security has unveiled the capabilities of its multi-layered car protection portfolio. The portfolio aims to deliver end-to-end security for connected cars. One suite examines CAN and CAN FD communication.

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DC fast charging

Interface for battery management system

[2016-07-26] The Libal Fast Charge Interface (FCI) is an accessory to the battery management system product line designed by Lithium Balance. It provides an on-board interface between a vehicle and a fast charging system and is configured via CAN.

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Humanoid robot

Biped robot for research with 10 CAN ports

[2016-07-21] REEM-C is a life size humanoid robot developed by PAL Robotics to serve as a research platform for universities and research institutions. The robot has ten CAN interfaces.

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Eurobike 2016

Management of bike sharing systems

[2016-07-21] Pironex offers a web-based management tool for bike sharing systems: Bike Sharing 4.0. The portal functions as an extensive system for reservations, administration, and accounting.

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CiA 602-2

Mapping J1939 to CAN FD

[2016-07-21] CAN in Automation has released the CiA 602-2 specification as Draft Standard Proposal (DSP). It describes the mapping of J1939 parameter groups and other commercial vehicle communication standards to CAN FD data frames.

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NMEA 2000

Sharing depth data online

[2016-07-21] On the Quickdraw Community platform, mariners can create HD maps of bodies of water and share these with the community. Data from NMEA 2000 transducers can be used to generate the data.

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Digital servo drive

Support for various motor types

[2016-07-21] Nix is a single axis controller for high resolution dynamic positioning, precision speed, or force/torque control applications. It is available with serial, CANopen, or Ethercat interfaces.

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Motion controller

Available for CANopen applications

[2016-07-21] Schneider Electric’s Lexium Motion Module (LMM), a programmable motion controller, is now available as a CANopen version. It supports CiA 301 and CiA 402.

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SoC

Motor control solution enhanced with CAN

[2016-07-20] Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions, announced extensions to its Smart Fusion 2 system-on-chip (SoC) multi-axis motor control solution. CAN is one of the added features.

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