Vin­tage au­to­mo­biles to smart cars in 90 years

Motor Equipment News - - DIAGNOSTICS - By Vince Ainsworth, LaunchNZ

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.

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