An Investigation into the Future of Automotive In-Vehicle Control Networking Technology 2001-01-0071
The Controller Area Network (CAN) has seen enormous success in automotive body and powertrain control systems. However, there is a change in emphasis arising in the industry in which CAN is seen as too powerful and expensive for simple digital body control applications, but not robust or fast enough for more safety critical applications such as the envisaged Drive-by-Wire systems of future passenger cars. The emerging protocols Local Interconnect Network (LIN), the Time Triggered Protocols (TTP/A, TTP/C), Time Triggered CAN (TTC) and Byteflight are examined in terms of their application and likelihood for future success. The paper is concluded with comments concerning a newly announced protocol known as FlexRay.