Thursday, 7 October 2010

An arresting performance for German police

The CiA 447 CANopen application profile is dedicated for open networks in passenger cars.

In September, CiA organized an information event for the German police presenting the CANopen profile and its possible applications in police cars and other cars for organizations with security tasks (e.g. ambulances and firefighters).

Some carmakers (Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Opel, and Volkswagen) presented first gateways compliant to CiA 447 and HMI (human machine interface) concepts. More than 60 participants discussed with OEM experts the future trends of police cars, e.g. fleet management. The exhibited cars were equipped with CiA 447 compliant roof-bars and radio devices. The carmakers presented future trends and migration paths to the CiA 447 open network. All of the shown police cars used the in-vehicle display and steering wheel switches as users interfaces for the add-on devices.

The CiA 447 profile specification has been released as version 1.0 intended for prototype implementation. It is in a review process and after updating the specification it will be released as version 2.0 end of this year or beginning of next year. The first roof bar and digital radio equipment manufacturers have implemented CiA 447 in their devices.

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