Anything new at SEMA?
Anybody see anything at SEMA regarding new diagnostic equipment?
The big trend seemed to be scan tools sold or leased with a remote diagnostic service. The idea being you can hire a low wage worker to connect the scanner so a tech somewhere else can remote in and diagnose the car through the scanner or direct your worker to perform tests. This seemed to be aimed mostly at body shops that might be intimidated by ADAS. Autel had a new alignment system. No…
The phone-in flashing/diag was all 2019 stuff, as was Autel's ADAS setup (though they added a bunch of pricey accessories).
Hi Jeff, The new Autel tool is a wheel alignment setup. It's different from their ADAS calibration system. They hadn't even priced it yet. There were a LOT of remote diagnostic companies. It seemed to me that there were a lot more than last time. I may be wrong though. It's hard to see everything.
Nothing new, really. (Unless you are a couple of years behind, in which case a lot has happened since 2019.) I visited with all the main players and, essentially, Autel just continues its complete takeover of the industry.
I heard Autel has a universal key fob and programmer coming out. Just input what car you have, and it'll program a generic fob that will be able to start the car, and lock and unlock the doors.
It's already out. It's not a fob, it's a transceiver that you plug into your im506 or similar and it will mimic the key. This allows you to simulate a fob so you can do all kinds of diag on the cars that it supports.
Yeah I saw that Autel Android Tablet Key Programmer it is very similar to the XHorse Mini Key Tool but it is NOT available yet, I wouldn't be surprised if it is a rebranded private label because the transponder remotes head keys that are supported have the look and smell of the XHorse brand.