Top of the list of things about which Kvaser staff are passionate are CAN and education. For many years, we have donated CAN interfaces and dataloggers for CAN-related projects at Universities around the world, in order to encourage the next generation of engineers to be fluent in the language of CAN. Our staff also regularly perform University outreach – giving lectures, providing support to teaching staff and creating educational material to help students unlock the magic of CAN.
Are you a university student or lecturer working with CAN?
Here’s how Kvaser can help your CAN project succeed:
- Apply for free hardware for a particular project or competition. Simply fill out the form below and our regional manager will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs.
- Receive 25% discount off standard Kvaser products for students and Universities working on non-commercial projects. Contact us for more information.
Who We Sponsor
Over the years, Kvaser has sponsored students and university teams in areas like:
- Formula SAE® – the student automotive design competition organized by SAE International. E.g. Carnegie Mellon in the US, Hanze Racing Division in Germany, Chihuahua Institute of Technology in Mexico, and Caltech.
- RoboSub – Student competition sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research to create Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Read about Team S.O.N.I.A.
- ECOcar & ECOcar 2 – Established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, EcoCAR 2 challenges students to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
- AUVSI – The Association for Unmanned Vehicle System Int’l runs student competitions for air, land, and sea-based autonomous vehicles.
From The Teams
“Kvaser’s support has become absolutely invaluable this month as we use their CAN monitor equipment to watch the interface between the components of our system in a testing environment. Debugging issues would be impossible without Kvaser’s amazing free software and efficient hardware.”
Gene Ellerby (LV Electronics Lead)
Western Washington University Racing Team, USA
“Kvaser’s contribution to the Victor Tango team is vital for the overall success of our autonomous vehicle project. Kvaser donated Leaf Light HS v2 interfaces, allowing us to send and receive CAN messages between the vehicle and a computer, which controls the vehicle as well as gathering feedback from various systems.”
Bruce Lee and Ashley Divine
Virginia Tech’s Team Victor Tango, USA
General Motors & SAE Intl’s AutoDrive Challenge
“The Kvaser Memorator, provided on a moment’s notice, played a crucial role in our testing phase and allowed us to debug and fix issues which otherwise would be very hard to detect. The Leaf Light devices are also used constantly and are an indispensable tool to monitor, test and debug our car’s CANbus.”
Pedro Espiguinha, Electrical Manager
Metropolia Motorsport, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Formula Student Competition
“The Kvaser Leaf Light v2 has been a key test and verification component for us, together with Kvaser CAN King software and the Kvaser Database Editor. Initially, we used two interconnected Kvaser Leaf Light v2s and the CAN King program to verify that the database we created in the Kvaser Database Editor worked as expected. We were able to easily import the database into Kvaser CanKing to communicate with the engine controller. The JU Solar Team are very pleased with Kvaser’s products, both hardware and software.”
Simon Gustafsson, Embedded Systems Engineer
Jönköping University’s JU Solar Team, Sweden.