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The comma.ai White Panda is a universal car interface for your car's OBD-II port. It allows you full access to the many communication buses of your car from a computer or a phone. Using the Panda with Cabana software (link in documents section) is like a Fitbit for your car. Track your RPMs, MPG, cornering G-force, battery life, and so much more. Panda also works as a CAN to USB adapter.
The White Panda supports 3x CAN, 2x LIN, and 1x GMLAN. On the computer side, it is equipped with both USB and Wi-Fi as well as utilizing an STM32F413 for low level communication and an ESP8266 for Wi-Fi. Both are connected over high speed SPI, so the Panda is actually capable of dumping the full contents of the busses over Wi-Fi, unlike other dongles on the market. On top of all of these great features, it can also charge your phone!
This is second generation hardware, reusing code and parts from the NEO interface board.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Experienced - You will require a firm understanding of programming, the programming toolchain, and may have to make decisions on programming software or language. You may need to decipher a proprietary or specialized communication protocol. A logic analyzer might be necessary.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Getting help for this thing is tough, even as an advanced user. I had it working as a network interface in Linux, as well as using Cabana to sniff. Then I tried to use it over WiFi, which didn't work out, and then Cabana stopped working.