CANopen in space

CANopen is used in several satellites. In order to achieve interoperability between devices, CiA invites interested parties to discuss the opportunity of standardized profiles. If interested, send an email to secretary(at)

“Kill switch” for connected cars

The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog association has published a cybersecurity report. It proposes a “kill switch” tor road vehicles providing Internet access.

Spoofing CAN data frames

A cybersecurity company reported that engine readings, compass data, altitude, and other readings could be manipulated in small aircrafts by means of adding a CAN node. Read more.

CAN FD micro-controller

Micro-controllers with on-chip CAN FD cores addressing non-automotive applications have been introduced, e.g. by NXP, STM, and TI. They close the missing link between higher bit-rate qualified transceivers and CANopen FD protocol stacks.

CAN XL trade mark

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has registered the trade mark “CAN XL” for CAN in Automation (CiA). CAN XL is the next generation CAN data link layer approach currently developed by a CiA Special Interest Group.

CAN FD roadshow in China

This year’s CAN FD roadshow in China has been finalized. Stopping in Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, the event was attended by about 300 engineers. It was supported by HMS/Ixxat, Hongke/Peak, Kvaser, and ZLG/Zhiyuan.

The COB-ID is not the CAN-ID

Often the term “COB-ID” is used synonymously with “CAN-ID”. But the COB-IDs are structured 32-bit parameters in the CANopen object dictionary containing the 11-bit or 29-bit CAN-ID to be used for this communication object.

CiA joint stand at Conexpo 2020

The CiA joint stand at Bauma 2019 in Munich (Germany) was a success. Some CiA members requested already a similar stand at Conexpo 2020 (Las Vegas) and Bauma China 2020 (Shanghai). Interested parties may contact marketing(at)

EN 16815 standard is CiA 422

CEN, a European standardization body, has released the EN 16815 standard. It contains the CiA 422 application profile for refuse-collecting vehicles. This CANopen profile specification is also known as CleANopen.