Vintage automobiles to smart cars in 90 years
If you think that the future always looks like science fiction, just imagine that a few short years ago the driverless car was just fantasy, let alone a system that allows you to know where a fleet of vehicles are.
Whether their drivers are on their best driving behaviour at any moment in time, all this is the present, and so while we are busy inventing future technology for consumers, we are still coming to terms with present technology as automotive repairers.
When you walk around a car that was made in the 1920s, its design is so simple, Chassis, engine, driveline, wheels and a couple of seats – and maybe some doors. The modern car has all the same framework as the classic car except for the hundreds of additional intelligent systems added for safety, comfort and emission control.
The driving force of the automotive technology evolution is government regulation, and the consumer. “Addon” technology is adopted by most major automotive manufactures when proven popular by consumer demand.
Just around the corner in the future, self-driving autonomous cars will turn us into passengers, then we can use our mobile time while not having to worry about driving the car – much less worry about potential hazards and engine problems. These self-driving cars have on-board diagnostics that would be connected to the server and continuously monitored if there are problems. Software would be downloaded, so any firmware patches will keep the car updated, and if need be head to the workshop on request – a driverless cars that will automatically “deliver” itself to the mechanic if it has a problem.
This is not our far future anymore it is nearly here in our present!
In terms of advancement, the transportation industry has been very slow. But now that we have telematics and wireless communication that are not only readily available, but are also low cost, things are exponentially speeding up. On the other side of the coin, on-board diagnostics in your car might not be a new concept as it has been around for decades now.
Automotive diagnostics systems are integrated with the vehicle’s onboard telematics devices to detect unsafe driving behaviour, track fuel efficiency, and even track the fleet. Telematics on-board diagnostics have a range of benefits including remote diagnostics.
Today’s on-board diagnostics systems are very reliable, and can give you multiple data points of information about your engine and its emissions. It has moved beyond simply being a data gathering and communication system, to a platform with computing power that could rival your desktop computer and is also able to communicate via Wi-Fi and 4G networks.
All this technology needs an effective scanner that cannot only read live data, clear codes and make short work of your diagnostic time, but it can perform advanced functions such as coding and adaptions and programming, with built-in instructions. The good news is LaunchNZ has the solution, the X431 Pad II Gen II – the top of the range and fastest Launch scanner yet! The 2016 X431 Pad II Gen II now has superfast Octacore (eight CPUs) and is exclusive to LaunchNZ It has more than 3,000 easy one-button updates a year – that’s well over 108 makes. It has IP65 waterproof specifications, is 1.5 metre drop-tested, and a dust-proof design, with Launch next generation software suite:
• OEM-level access to Asian, European, Australian, American and Domestic applications for module coding, resets, relearns and bidirectional capabilities.
• Code search: quickest response for code solutions, auto searches Google with DTC and related info.
• Auto-ID available for vehicle systems and modules.
• Real-time remote diagnosis
• Built-in customer management and link to Launch.
• Built-in repair database fast Wi-Fi. • Class-1 Bluetooth 2.1 connector for optimum wireless connectivity.
• High resolution camera with still and video capabilities.
• 10.1 inch high resolution IPS touch screen.
• 12,000 mAh lithium-ion battery up to 12 hours use.
Using the desktop docking station, charging and storage is a breeze. There’s a 64GB on-board memory, expandable up to 128GB, and a Launch Wi-Fi portable printer is available.
Do not confuse it with any other Launch. Call us before you buy any Launch or other scanner. We have many satisfied auto electricians and large workshops who swear by the Pad II Gen II. We have many trade references.
Don’t regret it later! Call us before you buy any other scanner. Companies on TradeMe are running around trying to sell Launch will be dealt with by Head Office.
If they are claiming they are an NZ master dealer, get the scanner serial number and let us know. We can verify it. Warning: we may switch off any scanner purchased through illegal channels.
The last thing you want to do is buy a tool which fails to work as described, or find it’s a clone and cannot be registered/repaired/supported.
Here at LaunchNZ we are only a phone call away. All enquiries please call Vince: 021 241 4885 for quick response.