Transmit and Receive CAN Messages

This example shows you how to use CAN channels to transmit and receive CAN messages. It uses MathWorks Virtual CAN channels connected in a loopback configuration.

Create a Receiving Channel

Create a CAN channel to receive messages by specifying the vendor name, device name, and device channel index.

rxCh = canChannel('MathWorks', 'Virtual 1', 2);

Inspect the Channel

Use the get command to obtain more detailed information on all of the channel's properties and their current values.

get(rxCh)
        ArbitrationBusSpeed: []
               DataBusSpeed: []
          ReceiveErrorCount: 0
         TransmitErrorCount: 0
       InitializationAccess: 1
           InitialTimestamp: [0x0 datetime]
                 SilentMode: 0
           TransceiverState: 'N/A'
                   BusSpeed: 500000
               NumOfSamples: []
                        SJW: []
                      TSEG1: []
                      TSEG2: []
                  BusStatus: 'N/A'
            TransceiverName: 'N/A'
                   Database: []
         MessageReceivedFcn: []
    MessageReceivedFcnCount: 1
                   UserData: []
              FilterHistory: 'Standard ID Filter: Allow All | Extended ID Filter: Allow All'
           MessagesReceived: 0
        MessagesTransmitted: 0
                    Running: 0
                     Device: 'Virtual 1'
         DeviceChannelIndex: 2
         DeviceSerialNumber: 0
               DeviceVendor: 'MathWorks'
               ProtocolMode: 'CAN'
          MessagesAvailable: 0

Start the Channel

Use the start command to set the channel online.

start(rxCh);

Transmit Messages

The example function generateMsgs creates CAN messages and transmits them at various periodic rates. It creates traffic on the CAN bus for example purposes and is not part of the Vehicle Network Toolbox™.

type generateMsgs
function generateMsgs()
% generateMsgs Creates and transmits CAN messages for demo purposes.
%
%   generateMsgs periodically transmits multiple CAN messages at various
%   periodic rates with changing message data.
%

% Copyright 2008-2016 The MathWorks, Inc.

    % Create the messages to send using the canMessage function. The 
    % identifier, an indication of standard or extended type, and the data
    % length is given for each message.
    msgTx100 = canMessage(100, false, 0);
    msgTx200 = canMessage(200, false, 2);
    msgTx400 = canMessage(400, false, 4);
    msgTx600 = canMessage(600, false, 6);
    msgTx800 = canMessage(800, false, 8); 

    % Create a CAN channel on which to transmit.
    txCh = canChannel('MathWorks', 'Virtual 1', 1);

    % Register each message on the channel at a specified periodic rate.
    transmitPeriodic(txCh, msgTx100, 'On', 0.500);
    transmitPeriodic(txCh, msgTx200, 'On', 0.250);
    transmitPeriodic(txCh, msgTx400, 'On', 0.125);
    transmitPeriodic(txCh, msgTx600, 'On', 0.050);
    transmitPeriodic(txCh, msgTx800, 'On', 0.025);
    
    % Start the CAN channel.
    start(txCh);
    
    % Run for several seconds incrementing the message data regularly.
    for ii = 1:50
        % Increment the message data bytes.
        msgTx200.Data = msgTx200.Data + 1;
        msgTx400.Data = msgTx400.Data + 1;
        msgTx600.Data = msgTx600.Data + 1;
        msgTx800.Data = msgTx800.Data + 1;
        
        % Wait for a time period.
        pause(0.100);
    end

    % Stop the CAN channel.
    stop(txCh);
end

Run the generateMsgs function to transmit messages for the example.

generateMsgs();

Receive Messages

Once generateMsgs completes, receive all of the available messages from the channel.

rxMsg = receive(rxCh, Inf, 'OutputFormat', 'timetable');
rxMsg(1:25, :)
ans =

  25x8 timetable

        Time         ID     Extended    Name       Data        Length      Signals       Error    Remote
    _____________    ___    ________    ____    ___________    ______    ____________    _____    ______

    0.0041761 sec    100     false       ''     [1x0 uint8]      0       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.0041796 sec    200     false       ''     [1x2 uint8]      2       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.004184 sec     400     false       ''     [1x4 uint8]      4       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.0041921 sec    600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.004193 sec     800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.029181 sec     800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.054183 sec     600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.054185 sec     800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.079178 sec     800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.10418 sec      600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.10418 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.12919 sec      400     false       ''     [1x4 uint8]      4       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.12919 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.15419 sec      600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.15419 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.17919 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.20418 sec      600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.20421 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.22918 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.25418 sec      200     false       ''     [1x2 uint8]      2       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.25419 sec      400     false       ''     [1x4 uint8]      4       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.25419 sec      600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.25419 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.27918 sec      800     false       ''     [1x8 uint8]      8       [0x0 struct]    false    false 
    0.30419 sec      600     false       ''     [1x6 uint8]      6       [0x0 struct]    false    false 

Stop the Channel

Use the stop command to set the channel offline.

stop(rxCh);

Analyze Received Messages

MATLAB® provides a powerful environment for performing analysis on CAN messages. The plot command can create a scatter plot with message Timestamps and identifiers to provide an overview of when certain messages occurred on the network.

plot(rxMsg.Time, rxMsg.ID, 'x')
ylim([0 2047])
xlabel('Timestamp')
ylabel('CAN Identifier')