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Automobile Diagnostic Systems

Many people are increasingly getting personal cars to help them move about. This has created a big market in the automobile industry. This has lead to a rising need to upgrade in regards to transmission of information, entertainment, safety and comfort of the driver and his passengers.

This demand for more modern cars has created a gap that has led to stiff competition between motor producing companies.

There are 3 trends that have emerged from this historic evolution. They are:

  1. Continuous connectivity with other cars and the infrastructure
  2. A reduced cognitive load through automated congestion-aware planning
  3. Enhanced productivity during the period you use a car

New approaches are being used to design vehicles of the future to make them more sustainable. Today’s cars are now programmable and more connected to network systems.


Programmable Cars

Recently, vehicles have evolved from mechanical to electronic to software-controlled platforms. The electronic architecture keeps changing both in form and function to enable remote diagnostics and reprogramming.

Reprogramming can happen at any point of the vehicle’s lifecycle to improve performance. Drivers can choose what software they want to install depending on the type of their vehicle and other preferences.

New programs are allowing for warranty management, online vehicle diagnostics, and integration into a larger network that communicates to and from the vehicle.

It’s paramount that you make sure that the programming is done correctly.


Connected Cars

A connected car platform allows for communication between cars either in real or simulated situations.

The number of cars involved in accidents can be reduced greatly by integration of diagnostic and connectivity platforms. This will result in better vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications. This will improve the driver’s overall experience as they will be enabled to make more accurate decisions while driving and.

Automobile Diagnostic Systems

Wired Diagnostic Systems

Wired diagnostic tools comprise a USB port into which a USB dick containing the diagnostic software is inserted. The user can easily get a system upgrade whenever they like to.

Wireless Diagnostic Systems

Wireless diagnostic tools get connect wirelessly to devices that have an internet connection. One vehicle can be accessed simultaneously by many users regardless of the OS in use. Devices that can be used include smartphones, laptops or tablets.


The Vehicle Data Hub (VDH)

The Vehicle Data Hub component has brought with it many new opportunities in the automobile industry. VDH acts as a dispatcher that makes it possible for data to be retrieved and processed. It uses a data connection and other supported protocol.

When data coming from the connected cars reaches the VDH, the data is then dispatched to other components e.g. the Context Mapping.

The Vehicle Data Hub is a front-end interface component for IoT which stands for Internet of Things. IoT has led to a dramatic shift and transformation in the automotive industry. IoT is making it possible for integrations between people, processes, and information. These integrations have enabled the manufacturing operations to become smarter.

In a nutshell, IoT has and is still changing the dynamics under which the automobile operates. Such changes mean more opportunities.

The VDH interface is divided into client, process and adapter layers.

Configuring the VDH

The Vehicle Data Hub has to be configured for automobile use before you can start receiving, processing or dispatching data from the connected vehicles. Both internal and external URLs are made available, for you to configure your VDH.

The VDH component can be customized by adding custom plug-ins, VDH adapter layers, information about the client, and processes.