Kistler launches KiBox2 powertrain analysis

Written by: Andrew Wade | Published:
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Swiss measurement specialist Kistler has released the successor to its KiBox powertrain diagnostics system, which now features hybrid and full electric capability.

The KiBox2 is a follow-up to the original system that was launched in 2009, designed to help engineers with the development and tuning of internal combustion engines. More than a decade down the line, the automotive landscape has shifted considerably, and the KiBox2 was created with an electric future in mind, while also retaining its capability across combustion engines.

According to Kistler, the KiBox2 is a modular platform that can operate in-vehicle or on the test bench. It features numerous ports for linking directly to the powertrain, as well as wireless connectivity in the shape of WLAN, hotspot capability and GPS to provide users with real-time performance analytics.

The Swiss company claims that the modular system architecture is a key selling point, with both hardware and software designed according to the modular principle. An example of this is the inclusion of the KiBox Cockpit software, described as ‘an open ecosystem for parametrisation, visualisation and analysis that ensures seamless connection to third-party devices.’

Voice control and audio feedback facilitate safe, hands-free operation while on the road. Other updated features include improved signal conditioning for the crank angle sensor, bidirectional CAN-FD interface and cascading of up to four KiBox2 units. The KiBox2 is also fully backwards compatible with the original KiBox, allowing multiple units to integrate. According to Kistler, the new platform will also be extendable in the future via software upgrades.

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