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Internship assignment: Improving the CAN Database Import Process in Eindhoven

... In a DAF truck CAN networks are extensively used for communication between all the different ECUs. CAN databases are used to specify which CAN messages an ECU might send or receive. These...



In a DAF truck CAN networks are extensively used for communication between all the different ECUs. CAN databases are used to specify which CAN messages an ECU might send or receive. These CAN databases are created by the vehicle architects and imported into the software by the software engineers. Even though this import process is partially automated, it still requires a lot of time and is prone to errors.
With this assignment, we want to further improve the CAN database import process, including focusing on traceability and baselining (i.e. able to prove which version of a CAN database ends-up in a given version of the software)
This task includes: 

  • Analyze the CAN database creation process, it’s baselining and traceability processes
  • Analyze the current import process
  • Provide a solution to improve or refactor the CAN database definition and set-up in order to facilitate the CAN import process into the embedded software while respecting the baselining and traceability requirements
  • Document and present your solution to your colleagues at DAF
Possible extension: 
  • Integrate the solution into our existing development environment
  • Alignment with different teams at DAF (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and at Kenworth (Kirkland, WA, USA) 

Jouw profiel

For this assignment we are looking for a Bachelor student ICT, Computer Science or Software Engineering. You possess the following competences: cooperation, creativity, planning and organizing, problem analysis. 


You will be part of an experienced international team of the Platform Development group of DAF Embedded Engineering that is located in our awesome new office in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Our full model driven software development process is unique in the industry.

You can read testimonies of our software engineers at  and at   

Embedded Engineering is primarily located in Eindhoven and has an office in Pune, India and has over 120 highly skilled people today. Together we deliver world class engineering in the domains of engine controllers and vehicle controllers. Next to that, focusing on common software development, Embedded Engineering works closely together with PACCAR Embedded Engineering located in Renton (near Seattle), the USA. 

The products developed within Embedded Engineering are applied on DAF trucks but also in the famous PACCAR brands Kenworth and Peterbilt. Through component sales our products are used by leading bus and coach manufacturers. 

Wij bieden

  • A view behind the scenes at a large international corporation;
  • You will get a lot of freedom and responsibility. We are open to your initiatives and depending on the assignment you see your results back in the workplace;
  • An experienced coach and supervisor who can teach you a lot and is willing to help you with your assignment;
  • An internship wage of €250,- (MBO) , € 375,- (HBO)  or € 450,- (WO) per month on Full-time base;
  • A travel allowance, if you don’t have a student travel product (provided by the Dutch government);
  • A housing allowance, if you temporarily rent a room near DAF.
  • Each intern will have the opportunity to participate at the . During this event you will meet other interns and find out more about DAF/PACCAR!
Would you like to know more about the experiences of other students?  you can read stories of our former interns.

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