The Launch X431 EURO PRO 5 PLUS is Launch UK’s latest addition to the market, based on the most up-to-date Android OS 9.0. It comes in a robust carry case with all necessary leads and a wide selection of legacy OBD 1 adapters.
Mahle and Daimler AG have settled an encoded OBD access deal for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. As a result, users of the MAHLE TechPRO or Brain Bee Connex diagnostic tools can now retrieve vehicle data via the Cyber Security feature. Security certificates are obtained by accessing the Daimler portal with an annual subscription from Mahle Or Brain Bee. As a special promotion, Mahle is offering holders of an active license free access until the end of the year.
On 10 October Texa president Bruno Vianello inaugurated the company’s new German branch in Obersulm, north of Stuttgart. Covering more than 3,000 square metres, the new location triples the dimensions of the old premises in Langenbrettach, which had been operational since 2002.
Wheely-Safe has appointed Caelan Kilduff to the newly created position of engineering director. Kilduff will report directly to group managing director, Gary Broadfield. His appointment by the Staffordshire-based technology company comes as the company prepares to expand its range of intelligent tyre pressure monitoring, wheel loss, and brake temperature sensing systems for the commercial vehicle, construction, agricultural and fleet car and van sectors.
The increasing use of smartphones in everyday life is reflected in the growing popularity of tablets in modern workshops. Sales of Android devices in particular are booming because they are considered to be fast, affordable, and – due to the multitude of apps available – versatile. As a result, Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) is launching mega macs ONE, a new system, which transforms a tablet with Android 6.0 or higher and minimum 7-inch screen, into a fully-fledged diagnostic tool.
Battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has launched a new state-of-the-art multi-functional battery and electrical system analyser. Developed by GS Yuasa engineers, the GYT250 will revolutionise battery and electrical system tests for automotive, commercial vehicle, leisure and motorcycle types.
The new Launch HD Box 3 is an add on module for the X431 PRO4, X431 Eurotab, and X431 Eurotab2 and supports light commercials, heavy duty trucks, buses and other types of industrial vehicles for over 25 American, European & Asian manufacturers. According to the company behind the device, Launch UK, it is proving increasingly popular.
The connectivity functions in modern vehicles bring a host of benefits, but can also pose a risk in terms of tampering and unauthorised access to data. This is why vehicle manufacturers (VMs) are working on cyber security systems to make it more difficult to use the on-board diagnostics (OBD) interface to access data, and also be used to grant access via different authorisation levels.
Launch UK is warning garages of the dangers of purchasing diagnostic equipment from internet sellers. The company reports that it has found at least 50 accounts claiming to be genuine diagnostic sellers on eBay alone. However, upon further inspection, these sellers are said to have listed “inaccurate company information such as a UK base and fraudulent VAT numbers”.
Following a pilot with selected customers, diagnostic software specialists Softing has launched the latest version of its diagnostic tool set – Softing DTS 9. According to the company, new functionalities enable even faster and more cost-efficient diagnostic development. This, in turn, is said to meet the needs of the growing complexity of E/E architectures and shorter product development cycles. Indeed, Softing reports that DTS.monaco makes it possible for developers, engineers and technicians to create consistent diagnostic functions and sequences on the basis of international standards and to ensure that diagnostic communication works reliably over the entire value chain.
From September 2020 onwards, all new vehicle models in Europe must be equipped with secure diagnostic access in accordance with EU Regulation 2018/858. This regulation provides for the protection of vehicle electronics against manipulation and unauthorized access. Following FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Mercedes-Benz AG, among others, is now also introducing such safety measures in a two-stage concept. By means of update 2020/1.02, workshops using Bosch Esitronic workshop software will receive the necessary software update to perform comprehensive diagnostic, service and repair tasks without any restrictions even on Mercedes-Benz vehicles with secured diagnostic access.
Snap-on has devised a way of making it easier for professional technicians to find the right Snap-On Intelligent Diagnostics-enabled platform for their needs with the addition of a tool matcher feature on its website.
Already a Texa bestseller, the introduction of the latest edition of the Axone Nemo series brings with it added processing power, communication speed and multi-environment software.
This means the same diagnostic hardware can be used across the car, truck, off-highway, bike and marine environments.