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Developer(s) Vector Informatik
Initial release 1996
Stable release 8.2 / April 15, 2014 (2014-04-15)
Operating system Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
License Proprietary

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.

CANoe supports CAN, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet and MOST[1] bus systems as well as CAN-based protocols such as J1939,[2] CANopen,[3] ARINC 825,[4] ISOBUS[5] and many more.


  • Description 1
  • Versions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Additional resources 5
  • External links 6


In 1996 the first CANoe license was sold by Vector. Since then, the software has become established worldwide as a tool for ECU development. In addition to its primary use in automotive in-vehicle electronic networking, CANoe is also used in industries such as heavy trucks, rail transportation, special purpose vehicles, avionics, medical technology and many more.

New technologies based on IP architectures in the automotive industry [6] are supported by CANoe.[7] Beyond the scope of communication in a single car, CANoe is used in the development of cooperative systems via V2X.[8][9]

At the beginning of the development process for an ECU network or ECU, CANoe is used to create simulation models that simulate the behavior of the ECUs. Throughout the further course of ECU development, these models serve as a base for analysis, testing and integration of the bus systems and ECUs. Data is displayed and evaluated in either raw or symbolic format. Back in 1992, Vector developed the DBC data format, which has become a de facto standard for exchanging CAN descriptions in the automotive field. Other relevant standards are supported for other bus systems, e.g. FIBEX for FlexRay, LDF for LIN, EDS/DCF/XDD for CANopen.[3]


Version 1.0 was released in 1996.[10] The latest version of CANoe is 8.2[11] (Revised: June 2014). Program Levels Different variants of CANoe are available. They differ in functional scope (full, run, pex), supported bus systems (CAN, FlexRay, etc.) and supported higher protocols (SAE J1939, CANopen, etc.). The product supports the languages German, English and Japanese.

See also


  1. ^ CANoe on the website of Vector Informatik GmbH, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  2. ^ CANoe.J1939, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  3. ^ a b CANopen solutions, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  4. ^ Overview CAN-based avionics protocols on, downloaded September 30th, 2010
  5. ^ Development, Simulation and test of ISOBUS systems, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  6. ^ Neff, Dr.Matheus, Königseder (BMW), Singer (Freescale), Wagner (Broadcom): Ethernet & IP as Automotive Bus System in the Scenario of Camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in VDI-Reports 2132, 15.International Congress Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles, Baden-Baden 2011, ISBN 978-3-18-092132-7.
  7. ^ CANoe.IP: Development, Simulation and Test of Embedded Systems with CAN and Ethernet, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  8. ^ ETSI plugtest in Helmond, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  9. ^ Car2x Development, downloaded November 3rd, 2011
  10. ^ Company History Vector, downloaded September 30th, 2010
  11. ^ Version history of CANoe, downloaded June 4th, 2014

Additional resources

  • Pfeiffer, Ayre, Keydel: Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen, RTC Books San Clemente, USA, 2003
  • Pfeiffer, Ayre, Keydel: Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen, RTC Books, Japan, 2006 (jap)
  • Toshikatsu Suzuki (Senko Medical), Hiroyoshi Takahashi (VJ): Developing a CANopen system for heart-lung machines, CAN Newsletter, Nuremberg Germany, September 2009
  • Patrick E. Lanigan, Priya Narasimhan (ECE Department, Carnegie Mellon University), Thomas E. Fuhrman (GM R&D): Experiences with a CANoe-based Fault Injection Framework for AUTOSAR,, downloaded September 30, 2010
  • Becker, Hübner, Hettich, Constabel, Eisenmann, Luka: Dynamic and Partial FPGA Exploitation, in Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 95, No. 2, February 2007,, downloaded September 30, 2010
  • Institute of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Fang Li, Lifang Wang and Chenglin Liao: Evaluating the Communication Impact on Quality of Service in Steer-by-wire Systems, IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), September 3–5, 2008, Harbin, China,, downloaded September 30, 2010
  • Sandeep Neema, Gabor Karsai (Institute for Software Integrated Systems Vanderbilt University): Embedded Control Systems Language for Distributed Processing (ECSL-DP),, downloaded September 30, 2010
  • Jürgen Wölfle (Conti Temic): Testing Concepts and Test Environments of a Tier 1 Supplier, Vector Congress, Stuttgart, 2010

External links

  • CANoe website
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