It seems that the world is already an inch close to the age of autonomous cars. Korean researchers have recently designed an improved electronic automotive transmission protocol that blasts existing technology out of the water.
Controller Area Network or CAN-bus protocol is an automotive standard created by Bosch between 1983 and 1987, which enables microcontrollers and car components to communicate with each other without the need for a host computer. This message-based protocol is designed originally to multiplex electrical signals within automobiles, but is also utilized in many other contexts.
Unlike today’s typically used 1Megabyte per second CAN-bus, the all-new Turbo-CAN protocol launched by Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology transfers data at 100 Megabyte per second, eliminating information bottleneck that presently holds back the further development of in-car networks.
The Turbo Controller Area Network links an array of automotive devices, from lighting system, brakes, and engine control to airbags.
While it is true that the regular CAN is perfectly suitable for processing applications with low data capacity such as sending lighting or brake signals, the next step in motoring about autonomous cars that need intricate programs such as auto speed controllers and camera sensors.
Turbo-CAN reportedly employs passband signal processing and can process data up to a hundred times faster. The state-of-the-art technology is anticipated to take two years to hit the market.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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