Dubbed panda, the accessory is a universal car interface that supports 3 CAN, 2 LIN, and 1 GMLAN. It plugs into the OBDII port on every car made since 1996. Panda can also charge a phone and on the computer side, it has both USB and Wi-Fi.
Panda was created as part of Hotz's efforts to build a self driving car.
"In order to get the reliability and throughput we needed to make cars self driving, we started building our own interface hardware. When we gave away the plans for our first self driving hardware, we included a custom car interface board. It interfaced two CANs with USB. But some cars needed more. So we built panda."
Hotz also announced several programs that work with panda including cabana, a comma.ai CAN analysis tool.
CAN bus analysis is what allows you to make sense of all the sensors and signals in your car. Aside from CANalyzer, which is a $10,000 proprietary Windows only tool, there is no good software for CAN analysis. Today, with the launch of comma cabana, this changes. We’ve set our app team loose on building the best CAN analysis tool to ever exist to complement our panda hardware. And I think they’ve succeeded.
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