Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus for Off-road Vehicle

Carl Herriott, University of Wyoming
Nick Rutecki, University of Wyoming
Jesse Schulthess, University of Wyoming

Oral Presentation

Description

The objective of our design project is to improve the reliability of wiring in an electric off-road vehicle (E-Baja). To meet this objective, we elected to incorporate a CAN Bus system. CAN Bus systems are used today in almost all modern vehicles and robots making this project a very real world application. The primary advantages a CAN Bus system has for our vehicle include: a simpler wiring design, easier troubleshooting, and ease of attaching new devices. It involves less wiring and fewer connections, which makes the system more reliable than a wiring harness that has to connect switches individually to the devices they control. Eventually we expect to connect all electrical components of the E-Baja with the CAN Bus, but we have connected only a few components at present to demonstrate proof of concept.

 

Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus for Off-road Vehicle

The objective of our design project is to improve the reliability of wiring in an electric off-road vehicle (E-Baja). To meet this objective, we elected to incorporate a CAN Bus system. CAN Bus systems are used today in almost all modern vehicles and robots making this project a very real world application. The primary advantages a CAN Bus system has for our vehicle include: a simpler wiring design, easier troubleshooting, and ease of attaching new devices. It involves less wiring and fewer connections, which makes the system more reliable than a wiring harness that has to connect switches individually to the devices they control. Eventually we expect to connect all electrical components of the E-Baja with the CAN Bus, but we have connected only a few components at present to demonstrate proof of concept.