Thesis: VCS (Vehicle CAN Simulator)

CANoe is a development and testing software tool from Vector Informatik GmbH. The software is primarily used by automotive manufacturers and electronic control unit (ECU) suppliers for development, analysis, simulation, testing, diagnostics and start-up of ECU networks and individual ECUs. Its widespread use and large number of supported vehicle bus systems makes it especially well-suited for ECU development in conventional vehicles, as well as hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles. The simulation and testing facilities in CANoe are performed with CAPL, a programming language.


While CANoe is a competent software for developing and prototyping different ECUs, it lacks good support for automated testing. Due to its limitations, CANoe increases the regression times for automated testing as well as adding huge complexity to the code base.
By introducing an alternative product that follows the best practices within the modern software industry as well as developing the tool with automated testing in mind, we can replace CANoe for our integration tests within the entire organization.
Goal of the thesis
Investigate the possibility of adding a real-time engine by using a linux RT-kernel. The RT engine should be responsible for handling the data transmitting layer in a deterministic way based on the signal priority as well as integrating with the hardware and communication layer.
Desirable expertise
  • Signal and systems
  • Linux, Python, C++
  • Networking, message queues and protocols
Experience with CANoe is a valuable qualification.
Kick-off date
This thesis will start at the beginning of 2020.

Additional info

The scope can be flexible and adapted to 2-4 students, depending on how many students you are and how much time you have for your thesis.
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Thesis Supervisor
Hadi Soltani (+46 313229566) will be responsible for leading the project and supervise the thesis work. We will have a CANoe license in place as well as other necessary equipment in order to start the thesis work. The work will be distributed to the students through Jira with close cooperation with Hadi.

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