This file contains important information about getting started with the Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) 1.1, including system requirements and installation instructions.
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The Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full), powered by AKKA, is a software add-on that allows you to monitor, send, and receive signals to a DUT. The Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) provides a LabVIEW API compatible with Windows and NI Linux Real-Time operating systems, a C/C++ API compatible with Windows, and a custom device for use with VeriStand. You can use the Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) with communication database files, such as AUTOSAR XML, to send and receive CAN, LIN, FlexRay, or automotive Ethernet signals to and from NI-XNET-supported PXI, PCI, CompactDAQ, and CompactRIO devices. The Vehicle Communication Toolkit incorporates intellectual properties and products such as PROVEtech:RBS from AKKA.
The Vehicle Communication Toolkit offers a base and a full option. The following table lists a comparison of features included in the Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) and (Base) versions.
|Feature||Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Base)||Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full)|
|C/C++ API (Windows only)||✓||✓|
|LabVIEW API (Windows and NI Linux-RT)||✓||✓|
|VeriStand Custom Device (Windows and NI Linux-RT)||✓||✓|
|Web UI Database Viewer||✓||✓|
|Web UI Configurator||✓||✓|
|CAN and CAN-FD .DBC database Support||✓||✓|
|LIN .LDF database support||✓||✓|
|CAN and CAN-FD .ARXML database Support||—||✓|
|LIN .ARXML database Support||—||✓|
|Automotive Ethernet .ARXML database Support||—||✓|
|FlexRay .ARXML database Support||—||✓|
The Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) 1.1 has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for supported LabVIEW versions.
The Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) 1.1 supports the following operating systems:
The Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) 1.1 supports the following application software versions, including service packs.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) 1.1|
|LabVIEW||2018, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|VeriStand||2018, 2019, 2020, 2021|
|Microsoft Visual C/C++||2008 and later|
Download the Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) installer from ni.com/downloads. NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using Package Manager.
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Refer to the Vehicle Communication Toolkit User Manual, available at ni.com/manuals, for more information about the Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full).
Refer to Vehicle Communication Toolkit API Help, located in the C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 2020\help\Vehicle Communication Toolkit directory, for more information on using the Vehicle Communication Toolkit API.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) are located in the labview\examples\NI-VCOM directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
C/C++ examples and a demo ECU application for Vehicle Communication Toolkit (Full) are locatd in the C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\NI-VCOM directory.
You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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