[Development] Qt Playground - CAN bus add-on module

Laszlo Papp lpapp at kde.org
Tue Jun 11 06:13:59 CEST 2013

Hi all,

I have been planning to request a playground area for this for a
while, but unfortunately it has never been materialized.

I would like to work on supporting the industrial (mostly, but not
exclusively, automotive) can bus protocol with a high level Qt API. It
would be a leisure time project for me without anyone supporting me
financially or so. Of course, contributions would be welcome from
automotive, medical or any other professionals.

It would be nice to abstract out the differences between the char
devices, the socket can interface, and specific windows drivers. I
would also look into the QNX support at some point for sure as that is
a very appealing platform on the automotive and medical markets.

There was an attempt for a module called "OpenCAN"  in the past as far
as I understand, but it is a bit old-fashioned with the old can
support of the Linux kernel. Also, it seems to handle different
devices slightly differently instead of using as much abstraction from
the operating system as possible. Also, it is a bit tied to a company,
not to the Qt Project.

It would be nice to push Qt a bit forward in an unusual area: the
automotive world. What do you think?

Best Regards,
Laszlo Papp
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