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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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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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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Cruise control

Maintaining and restricting speed

[2015-01-21] The Magic Speed 880 from Waeco, part of Dometic Group, is a cruise control for the CAN network and analog operation. It is suitable for vehicles with electronic accelerator.

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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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Micro-controller

Eight USART ports for in-car audio

[2015-01-22] STMicroelectronics has introduced its latest STM32F091 ARM Cortex-M0 micro-controller. With built-in CAN support, it is suitable for in-car applications connected to the vehicle network, such as car radios.

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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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Sensor module

Position and orientation valuation

[2015-01-21] Peak System’s PCAN-GPS is a programmable sensor module for position and orientation determination. It has a satellite receiver, a magnetic field sensor, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

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Networking platform

Twelve high-speed CAN ports

[2015-01-20] Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) has released the Xpand4206, a computing and networking platform for environmentally demanding applications. It comes with twelve CAN ports.

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Display controller

For minimum PLC cycle times

[2015-01-20] Berghof’s display controllers with 4,3-inch (DC2004) and 7-inch (DC2007) displays are designed for minimum PLC cycle times and hard real-time. This has been made possible by using a scalable 800 MHz Arm CPU with a Cortex-A9 core.

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University of Vaasa

Seminar about CAN FD and other topics

[2015-01-19] The CiA Competence Center (C3) at the University of Vaasa has scheduled a one-day seminar. One of the main topics will be CAN FD.

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Application

Wind-powered car drives upwind

[2015-01-14] Wind-powered cars have to be able to drive upwind. A Canadian scientific club has constructed a car that includes Kvaser’s Leaf Professional HS. It debugs the onboard electronics via a CAN network.

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3D sensor

Assistance functions for automation tasks

[2015-01-15] Ifm’s 3D vision sensor offers simple application solutions thanks to preprocessed 3D data and integration via predefined Codesys function blocks. The 3D sensor communicates via CANopen.

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Diagnostics tool

Saving setup files for later use

[2015-01-15] Version 3.0.3.4 of Epec’s CANmoon configuration and diagnostics tool improves the usability of the existing user interface and features. The version also fixes some of the issues reported in previous versions.

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SAE International

Award for Mark Stepper

[2015-01-15] Mark Stepper, Technical Advisor with LHP Software, will be honored with the SAE International/Interregs Standards and Regulations Award during the SAE International 2015 Government/Industry Meeting.

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Oscilloscope

Touch screen, zone triggering, and CAN FD

[2015-01-15] Keysight Technologies (US) has introduced Infinii Vision 3000T X-Series digital-storage and mixed signal oscilloscopes with graphical triggering capability. The series supports CAN FD.

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