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A2 Canbus Interface Electronics Project Meeting

3/16/2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Canbus Interface Electronics Project Meeting

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

11:00 AM

Business Education Building, Room 182 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI

4800 E Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, Ann Arbor, MI (map)

Would you like to do a hardware project with us ?? We are planning to work on implementing a CANbus interface to the care based on the Arduino project outlined at

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Project so you will need to buy and bring the parts on this list..

The current implementation uses the Digilent chipKIT Max32, an Arduino-compatible microcontroller based on PIC32. The Network Shield add-on adds two CAN transceivers, which is enough to enable most OpenXC applications.

The translator is powered via its micro-USB port, which is connected to the host device. CAN messages are received via the OBD-II port in the driver's footwell.

Parts List

This is a list of the hardware used in the reference OpenXC kit - you're guaranteed to have a 100% compatible OpenXC device if you use these parts exactly. There are many equally compatible variations on this list from hundreds of different vendors, so feel free to use other parts you may have on hand (like the crimp connectors, for example).

•Digilent chipKIT Max32 Microcontroller from Digilent ($50)

•Digilent chipKIT Network Shield from Digilent ($55)

•OBD-II Male to Breakout Cable from OBD2Cables ($13)

•(3x) 2x6 Crimp Connector Housings from Pololu (< $1)

•(4x) Female crimp pins from Pololu (< $1)

•(1x) Male crimp pin from [Pololu]crimppinsmale] (< $1)

•Shrink tubing

•Rubber cable grommet that fits the OBD-II cable

•Optional - Enclosure from PacTec ($11)

•Optional - Mounting spacers for use with the enclosure

Tools List

This is a list of the tools needed to assemble the kit.

•Wire stripper

•Wire crimper

•Heat gun (or lighter)

•Multimeter for continuity testing

•Optional - label maker

For the suggested enclosure, you'll also need the following:

•Angle cutters

•Phillips head screw driver

•Tools for etching and cutting plastic


We are looking at if the possibility exists to have tools (like the drill) available or have one of our members to help us pre-make these items for us..

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