Is your car con­nected?

Motor Equipment News - - DIAGNOSTICS - By Vince Ainsworth, LaunchTech.

To­day is the fu­ture of yes­ter­day. As hu­mans we will al­ways seek out new tech­nol­ogy and de­velop what makes ef­fi­cient sense. And now about 35 per­cent of new ve­hi­cles are con­nected to the In­ter­net. They’re packed with sen­sor tech­nolo­gies that mon­i­tor driv­ing, safety and ve­hi­cle health conditions.

En­hance­ments for In­ter­neten­abled ve­hi­cles are ex­pected to be among the top down­loads from app stores over the next five years. It’s ex­cit­ing, and an emerg­ing space which pro­vides a new value propo­si­tion to trans­form the con­sumer’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Of course this opens new rev­enue streams for the for­ward-think­ing au­to­mo­tive tech com­pa­nies com­pet­ing in this space.

But what about the hun­dreds of mil­lions of ve­hi­cles that will re­main on roads for a long while yet that are not con­nected? An es­ti­mate of the num­ber of cars on the roads glob­ally was well over one bil­lion. Twenty five per­cent will be con­nected cars on the roads by 2021. And that still means about a bil­lion cars that are not us­ing Cloud tech­nol­ogy.

So how do we con­nect ve­hi­cle ser­vices to this mas­sive car parc of dis­con­nected ve­hi­cles? This presents an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity. A so­lu­tion will be to pro­vide a con­nected car Cloud ser­vices net­work to work in con­junc­tion with its pro­pri­etary con­nected car OBD (on-board di­ag­nos­tics) so­lu­tion.

A con­nected car de­vice at­taches to the ve­hi­cle’s OBD II port – this is avail­able on any car newer than 1999. An IOT de­vice can pro­vide un­in­ter­rupted con­nec­tiv­ity through an ad­vanced 4G net­work. It can seam­lessly up­load a large amount of rel­e­vant ve­hi­cle data to the Cloud for anal­y­sis. This in turn en­ables apps and ser­vices through the driver’s smart­phone and other In­ter­net con­nected de­vices. A de­vice like this also acts as a hotspot, en­abling wire­less In­ter­net in­side the ve­hi­cle with­out hav­ing to stream data over Blue­tooth through the user’s smart­phone.

Ve­hi­cle own­ers can as­sess their car’s per­for­mance, driv­ing ef­fi­ciency, driv­ing safety and over­all health in­for­ma­tion via con­nected car Cloud ser­vices. Also, AI-en­abled apps can recog­nise pre­vi­ous travel pat­terns and ask rel­e­vant ques­tions to help driv­ers with a va­ri­ety of needs, from travel di­rec­tions to e-com­merce, to un­der­stand­ing the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The real-time Cloud ser­vices model en­ables un­lim­ited po­ten­tial to en­ter the ve­hi­cle IoT space seam­lessly, quickly, and with less ef­fort.

Now we have telematics and wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion that is read­ily avail­able, and have far lower en­try costs. On-board di­ag­nos­tics in your car might not be a new con­cept as it has been around for decades now, how­ever the in­te­gra­tion of new tech­nolo­gies with on-board di­ag­nos­tics is the next step.

Ex­pect more func­tion­al­ity that takes ad­van­tage of the on-board di­ag­nos­tics right from the dash­board.

As this tech­nol­ogy is in­tro­duced Launch has fo­cused on one range of pro­fes­sional di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment that keeps up. Only our Launch X431 PAD III has all this tech loaded in­side, in­clud­ing in­tel­li­gent Cloud tech­nol­ogy.

We have re­ceived a fi­nal ship­ment for the X431 PAD III at an in­cred­i­ble price. You now have no ex­cuse to not up­grade that old Launch, or other old-type scan­ner that sits in your of­fice and gath­ers dust. Trade in and save now. the all new gen­uine Launch PAD III scan­ner now pro­vides up to 99 per­cent coverage from early 1990s to the lat­est ve­hi­cles. All our Launch scan­ners are gen­uine and come with 99 per­cent world makes coverage and guar­an­teed to cover more man­u­fac­tur­ers and mod­els than any other scan­ner on the mar­ket.

Our gen­uine Launch scan­ners are not OBD code readers pos­ing as scan­ners, like some other scan­ners on the mar­ket. They not only read fault codes and clear, but re­set ser­vice lights, code in­jec­tors, airbags, key re­pro­gram­ming, throt­tle bod­ies etc. trans­mis­sion adap­tions, which in­clude Audi, VW, Skoda chan­nel codes and ad­vanced ser­vice pro­ce­dures.

Call us to find out more de­tails, and of course we can pro­vide fi­nance for the cost of what you would make from one di­ag­nos­tic scan per week. The new Auto Scope quickly and eas­ily ver­i­fies sig­nals and volt­ages are present in wave­form for­mat us­ing a volt­age/time scale with­out the need for a four-chan­nel scope but pro­vides you with more de­tail than a DVOM.

View sig­nals on ig­ni­tion pri­mary, fuel in­jec­tors, MAF, O2, TPS, crank and cam, PWM com­po­nents and much more. When used with the add-on Se­condary Ig­ni­tion Pickup (SIP) you can also view de­tailed se­condary ig­ni­tion wave­forms on spark plus wires and COP ig­ni­tion sys­tems. Think of it as your win­dow into the com­bus­tion cham­ber.

Warn­ing no­tice: We have switched off some Launch scan­ners in the last few months bought from il­le­gal chan­nels. Do not buy from Trade Me or others try­ing to sell Launch pre­tend­ing to be gen­uine; they will be dealt with by head of­fice. If they are claim­ing they are a NZ master dealer get the scan­ner se­rial num­ber and let us know. We can ver­ify it, but we may switch off any scan­ner pur­chased through il­le­gal chan­nels. Don’t buy a tool which fails to work as de­scribed, or find it’s a clone and can­not be reg­is­tered, re­paired or sup­ported. Here at LaunchNZ we are only a phone call away. All en­quiries please call me at 021 241 4885 for a quick re­sponse.

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