Ixxat CANblue II make drive tests (more) tangible

Ixxat CANblue II connects ECU of test vehicles via Bluetooth with tablet PCs and makes driving tests more „tangible“ by displaying vehicle data.
Fixed wiring of electronic/ electrical components is the “normal” approach, but in some cases difficult to implement. Ixxat CANblue II helped us avoiding permanent wiring, which is almost impossible in our vehicle test situations.
CHEN Xin – Software Manager
Schaeffler Engineering China
The customer

The Schaeffler Group is a globally active automotive and industrial supplier. With high-precision components and systems for engine, transmission and chassis applications as well as rolling bearing and plain bearing solutions for a wide range of industrial applications, the Schaeffler Group is already playing a key role in shaping “mobility for tomorrow“ today. As one of the world‘s largest family companies, Schaeffler employs around 89,400 people around the world and is represented at 170 locations in over 50 countries. Schaeffler Engineering has been part of the Schaeffler Group for more than 15 years and offers a wide range of services with its Engineering Solutions, Powertrain Validation and Products divisions.

The problem

Schaeffler Engineering has been developing demo car projects for many years in order to demonstrate the performance of its products in the field of electromobility on “living objects“. In some projects it’s useful to pick up certain vehicle data – which are available at central control units (ECU) of the in-vehicle network (IVN) in CAN (Controller Area Network) format – and make them available for the respective test driver. Since the “temporary” wiring of electrical equipment in vehicles is difficult to impossible for test purposes, it was not possible to visualize the vehicle‘s information – adapted powertrain and energy flow – sent from Schaeffler’s control unit. As a result, the test drivers had no real-time knowledge of the vehicle‘s operating status.