RemotiveLabs is a lightweight and language agnostic platform for software-centric automotive development. We offer a free evaluation licence for 30 days. RemotiveBroker can be installed on the hardware of your choice (we have a growing list of reference kits).
Just curious and only need a first taste? We offer a cloud demo with recorded signal data. Get a first sense of the platform without logging in: Go to demo in cloud. If you have questions regarding the platform, licence cost or if you have ideas on features you’d like to see? Join our GitHub community or feel free to Contact us!
Get your licence
Please follow the steps below which include installing RemotiveBroker on the hardware of your choice before you can request a licence. Email email@example.com in case of questions.
1. Choose your hardware
RemotiveBroker can be installed on the hardware of your choice. Please find our growing list of reference kits under our Downloads & Documentations page on our website.
a. Reference kit: Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi + CAN-BUS HAT for Raspberry Pi
SD card in an SD card reader connected to your computer
Raspberry Pi Imager, which can be downloaded from here
- Download the latest image from https://releases.remotivelabs.com/. At the time of writing this is rpi-20220908_154525.img.gz.
Raspberry Pi Imager, choose "Use custom" and then select the downloaded image and write the image to the SD card.
- Put the SD card in the Pi
- Connect the Pi to ethernet, so it gets internet access, where it will download additional upgrades when available (highly recommended)
ssh access is by default only available over wired ethernet. Username/pwd pi/Aut0m0tive
Boot the Pi, this might take a few minutes the first time
Next it's time to connect to the Pi with a web-browser, but first we need to resolve the IP to the RemotiveBroker.
Connected to internet through router (wired)
If possible, the easiest way is the get the IP/URL from your router using its admin interface.
If this is not possible, you need to connect to the RemotiveBroker internal Wi-Fi access point. From your phone or computer, connect using WiFi remotivelabs-* (password: remotivelabs) and navigate to http://192.168.4.1:8080. In "About" section your can find the URL where the broker is accessible on your regular Wi-Fi.
Change back to your regular Wi-Fi and use http://ip_in_your_router:8080 instead. You now have internet access from both your client and the RemotiveBroker which will make things easier as we move on.
Not connected to internet router
If you are not connected to internet, you need to connect to the RemotiveBroker internal Wi-Fi access point. From your phone or computer, connect using WiFi remotivelabs-* (password: remotivelabs) and navigate to http://192.168.4.1:8080. In this state there is no internet access on your desktop or your browser which means that things get a bit more complicated as we move on.
In web-client navigate to "About" it should now look something like this.
You are now ready to Request a License (step 2 below).
b. Reference kit: Linux with Docker
You will need git, docker, docker-compose installed on your linux distribution
Get going with
docker-composein a few moments by using our bootstrap repository
Next step is to request a License (see below)
2. Request a Hardware License
Running RemotiveBroker requires a valid hardware license. We offer a 30-day free evaluation license. After installing RemotiveBroker you can request a license through the web-client.
If you are not connected to internet, pay extra attention to the steps in the guide since you will need to switch back and forth between networks on your desktop.
- Press "Apply new license to broker" and you will se something like this.
Your email MUST be part of an organisation with a licence policy, otherwise a 30-day trial version is created for you.
Enter your email and press "Request License"
Wait for the returning e-mail and copy/paste the licence phrase and press "Apply license".
Under "License" it should now look something like this, and you are now good to start use your RemotiveBroker.
You now have an operational licenced RemotiveBroker.
3. What to do next
Below some tips for how to start getting value from RemotiveBroker and RemotiveExplorer. We recommend (in the order of your choice):
- If you haven’t already, join our GitHub Community for Q&A and discussions
- Check out code samples
- Check out RemotiveCloud
- Share your client code here, just make a PR, and we'll have a look.
When your RemotiveBroker is up and running you are ready to connect and run your own code.
We offer a few code examples at our Github samples repository.
As a developer you may choose to use our maintained libraries or work directly towards our public gRCP api, as mentioned before, share your code; just make a PR, and we'll have a look.
Install the Python library with
pip in a terminal:
pip install -U remotivelabs-broker
After the installation in complete you may execute any of the samples in the Python directory.
Remember all our samples requires a RemotiveBroker which is up and running. Each sample is provided with a readme file explaining how to run the sample with the necessary arguments.
You can host your RemotiveBroker locally alternatively you can deploy you RemotiveBroker in RemotiveCloud.
Android VHAL integration
For more information, go here.
Your first configuration (in car)
Using this configuration you will be able to subscribe or record live signals in a real vehicle (or any operational can bus).
Once the RemotiveBroker is operational with a license you can use the web-client to generate a configuration that the RemotiveBroker can use.
There are two ways to configure the RemotiveBroker, one is to use the UI wizard and the other way is to upload a configuration directory containing the required files. Here we will use the wizard.
In the menu in web-client choose "Configuration" and you should see something like this.
Under "Don´t have a configuration?" , press "Create configuration here" to start the wizard.
Pick your dbc file, and then you can just click through all steps without any changes. The last step "Reconfigure" will upload the configuration to the broker
Your RemotiveBroker is now ready to subscribe to signals in your car.
If it's quiet on the bus you can try and enable/disable the terminator on your can adapter (shield or connected using USB).
The following is a typical and very simple configuration
namespaceis your given name, which you can choose freely. This is the name you will use when you browse the bus in the
tree viewof write some code to access it. Suggestions would be:
typesuggest what kind of physical link we are connecting to. This could be
can, canfd, vcan, lin, flexray, udp
databasehold information on how to encode and decode the traffic on link. Typically, a file with extension
ldf, dbc, xml
device_nameis the physical socket representation on your host computer. These names are controlled by your linux kernel and can be listed by doing
ip a. On our prebuilt images valid names are
The example above contains two namespaces for the sake of clarity. Your configuration can hold any number of namespace depending on your hardware setup.
Upload your custom configuration
You can upload your custom configuration, in the web-client choose "Configuration" and select "Pick directory". For the example above the directory which should be selected should contain the following
Once uploaded the RemotiveBroker will verify that the configuration is valid, if not please verify that your
interfaces.json and the relative database paths are correct.
Advanced reference for
interfaces.json is located here.
As the configuration above suggested additional interfaces can be added to the existing setup. Some of these setups requires
ssh and custom configuration of the host, in this scenario, the Raspberry Pi 4.
Typical usb to ethernet adapter here
In this case
hostrefers to Raspberry Pi 4
Connect a secondary usb to ETH adapter to the host. Here you can connect a single
LIN transivers box alternatively a switch with a number of
LIN transivers each lin transceiver is identified and configured according to it's unique
This id needs to reflect and be present in
interfaces.json. The following configuration shows two
7. Note that
8 has been configured to operate as master whereas
7 operates as slave.
Each LIN transceiver need a unique set of
server port which can be selected freely. Once the transceivers get powered their configurations will be distributed.
The prebuilt image will host a DHCP server on the added adapter. LIN transceivers and the RemotiveBroker needs to reside on the same subnet. Other custom topologies are supported and sometimes preferred.
CAN interfaces (additional)
Any socketcan compatible USB dongle can be added when physical interfaces are required. Amongst others, PEAK-System does provide such devices.
Write is currently not supported out of the box and requires customizations.
Technica CM CAN COMBO
Make sure that your Techinca devices is configured to use
PLP headers and also make sure to note specified
Destination MAC (available by clicking
Connect your Technica device to the secondary usb ethernet interface
eth1 which is mentioned above. As multicast address provide
Host Mobility MX-4 T30 FR
Host Mobility MX-4 T30 FR can be used as a host for RemotiveBroker alternatively it can be configured to forward flexray traffic.
Check out bootstrap repository for more information on how to get going.