The rise of car diagnostic software cannot be understated. Sure, we could soon enter an era of electric and self-driving vehicles, but the ability for small businesses and hobbyists to digitally assess their cars was simply unimaginable a few decades ago.
There are a few major factors that have lead us to this point. Below you’ll find 5 of the most recent, major advancements in car diagnostic software:
#1 The use of Android operating systems
Until recently, diagnostic software has been either developed in-house by various manufacturers, or produced by specific outside companies. The proliferation of standardized, mobile operating systems (such as those seen in your phone or tablet) have lead to an explosion in apps and programs made by small companies, and even lone programmers.
Car diagnostic software is no exception. Like many recent releases, the Launch X431 Pro3S uses the standard Android operating system (version 5 to be specific). This allows for quick and easy use, as well as highly modern features such as online support and a built-in social network.
#2 Increasing electrification of vehicles
Speaking of social, the addition of new communication technology, specifically the ability to link your OBD-II scanner to the internet and update its code library, has exploded the diagnostic possibilities.
Now some vehicles can instantly send reports of what part needs to replaced or corrected. For mechanics, it’s become so common-place to “just Google it” when there’s a problem, but if you have an up-to-date scanner you can not only get an instant solution, but one that’s much more reliable.
#3 Wireless and Bluetooth scanners
Considering how many modern peripherals are still reliant on wires (headphones, monitors and even some security devices) it’s certainly a good thing that wireless and bluetooth functionality are standard in most car diagnostic tools.
Whether you’re using a scanning tool or an app downloaded to an Android or Apple device, the ability to instantly scan without the need for a specific cable has really put the power into the consumer’s hands. Now you generate repair reports that can do anything from read and clear diagnostic trouble codes, to letting you know if your car will pass a smog test.
#4 On-Board Diagnostics II
Compared to the previous numbers, which were all introduced in the 21st century, the OBD-II only arrived in the 1980’s. And yet we’d still refer to it as “recent”, as it was a major advancement that really hasn’t been here that long. Through a 16-pin connector, technicians and home mechanics could finally learn what was wrong with their car without the need of an expert, and this in turn lead to more complex and highly precise management systems for your car’s fuel and air.
As explained quite well in this Popular Mechanics article, the introduction of OBD-II systems not lead to the scan tools we use today, but the many aftermarket devices that are the heart of Launch Tech’s product range.