From the editors' desk

[2014-08-22] Car hacking becomes more and more of an issue, the more sophisticated our cars become. It seems also to become more and more controversial: We do not often receive letters (or emails) to the editor, but we got one after the last article on the topic. The writer stressed that "it is very important to keep the car's private bus systems private and to avoid providing any possibility for intrusion via wireless technologies. If this is not ensured, intruders might be able to penetrate cars quite easily."

Apparently researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek felt the same way and published a list of hackable and less hackable cars. If you drive a Jeep Cherokee, Cadillac Escalade, or Infinity Q50 you might not like their results. If, on the other hand, you drive an Audi A8, you can feel mighty good after reading our article.

Annegret Emerich, Nickel Plankermann, Cindy Weißmüller, Holger Zeltwanger

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Agriculture

Mounted sprayers with Isobus control

[2014-08-28] Lemken (Germany) has released Megaspray, which is an Isobus control for their Sirius series of mounted field sprayers.

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Industrial computer

Based on the Raspberry Pi compute module

[2014-08-27] The Modberry 500 by Techbase (Poland) is a series of industrial computers, based on the Raspberry Pi compute module. It is designed for the needs of automation, telecommunications, remote supervision, and monitoring.

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CiA 402

Integrated three-phase synchronous drives

[2014-08-27] The HBI series by Engel Antriebe (Germany) are brushless, three-phase synchronous drives with winding motor systems and integrated electronics for operation at selective 24VDC or 48VDC.

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Sensor node network

Sensor node network

[2014-08-27] The sensor node network by Swift (Germany) is a network for all devices of the Match-II-ADV and Match-II-XDV recorder series of the company. It allows the merging of these recorders to an data acquisition system with an increased number of measuring ...

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I/O controller

With anti-idling feature

[2014-08-26] The PR9013 CAN Bus Mini I/O Controller by Pran Systems (Canada) is a solution to implement custom functions either onto road vehicles or trucks. It can be used as a stand alone or as slave controller.

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Car hacking

List of potentially vulnerable cars

[2014-08-22] At last year’s Defcon, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed how they had managed to manipulate a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius with nothing more than a laptop and a CAN dongle (and a lot of time – 10 month). For this year&rsqu...

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Four-legged walking robot

Tradinno premieres in folk play

[2014-08-19] Tradinno is the largest four-legged walking robot. In 2014 it made it into the Guiness book of records. The 11-ton robot was the highlight of this year’s “Drachenstich” folk play in Furth im Wald (Germany).

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Development platform

CAN FD support for designing networks

[2014-08-21] Version 7.0 of Preevision is available from Vector (Germany). The development platform enables designing and implementing network communication for bus systems based on the CAN FD, Flexray, and LIN protocols.

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Test system

Tracing six CAN networks

[2014-08-21] K2L (Germany) has announced its Automotive Test System (ATS). The tool combines support for the CAN, LIN, Flexray, and Most networks.

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Interface

Controlling front parking sensors

[2014-08-20] The CANM8-Park interface by CANM8 (UK) provides two customized speed dependent outputs, specifically for the control of front parking sensors from the vehicle’s CAN network.

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Aircraft seat control units

Reclining with CAN

[2014-08-21] Several companies offer seat control units that communicate via CAN. The entertainment system, as well as many electronic components can be controlled via CAN in a cabin.

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Steering angle sensors

Connecting to the ESC via CAN

[2014-08-20] The steering angle sensor (SAS) is a critical part of any Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system that measures steering wheel position angle and rate of turn. SAS clusters can connect to the ESC via CAN.

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Automatic bicycle gearshift

Always the right gear

[2014-08-19] Schaeffler (Germany) will introduce its FAG Velomatic automatic gearshift at the Eurobike 2014 exhibition. The company claims that the system is compatible with every type of bicycle and drive system.

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Frequency inverter

Pulse encoder option

[2014-08-19] Parker Hannifin’s SSD Drives division (USA) has extended its AC30 frequency inverter family. The drives optionally provide CANopen connectivity.

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Force transducer

Measuring wheel moments on vehicles

[2014-08-19] Michigan Scientific (USA) offers a six-axis wheel force transducer. It measures three forces and three moments. The related CT2 transducer interface box provides a CAN interface.

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Car park guidance system

CAN connects multi-color ultrasound sensors

[2014-08-19] Siemens (Germany) has developed the Sipark SSD System. The hierarchical system uses Ethernet as backbone and CAN networks to link sensors, displays, and indicators.

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