Remote diagnostics becomes a reality

Diagnostic from Launch UK

Published:  04 December, 2014

The X-431 PRO 3 tool joins Launch UK and is a potential game-changer, offering real-time remote diagnostic checks using wireless, Bluetooth connectivity and 'Golo' telematics. This allows workshops to access real-time vehicle data, to perform real-time diagnostic checks remotely and provides the motorist with information and maintenance guidance via their smartphone. For motorists, Golo technology locates independent garages in their area and will record data concerning safety, anti-theft and driving behaviour. Dave Richards, Launch UK managing director, said: "The launch of Golo is another example of how the independent aftermarket can respond to the threat of vehicle telematics from vehicle manufacturers. "It is very exciting for the independent garage... Not only is Golo going to be a valuable tool for retaining customers in the independent aftermarket, but it will also create a social community among garages and drivers, strengthening the reputation of the independent aftermarket." Launch PRO 3 has a built-in social network service that allows workshops to connect to a virtual community and seek instant help with challenging faults. Technicians can access a comprehensive vehicle database and repair tips to improve workshop efficiency. The PRO 3 tool has various other features. These include the ability to recognise the diagnostic features of other tools in the X-431 series, reading and clearing DTCs, interpreting and reading a vehicle's data stream, also performing actuation tests. Workshop technicians can use the PRO 3 to diagnose faults on 90% of all European, Asian and American vehicle brands.

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    The X431 GDS covers around 42 vehicle manufacturers, supporting petrol, diesel, LPG, hybrid and light commercial vehicles. The diagnostic tool, available from Launch, features built-in Wi-Fi and updates with just one click of a button. It provides VIN and ECU recognition, SRS crash data, resetting and configuration, fault code read and clear, live diagnostics data stream in numerical or graph format and DPF status and regeneration. It will print out diagnostic reports using the built-in thermal printer. Product support is available through a telephone helpline or customers can tweet their query or post on its Facebook page.

  • Module coding and resets 

    The X-431 PRO is new from Launch UK and can be used on American, Asian and European vehicles. The Android-based 7" LCD tablet uses the latest Bluetooth technology to exchange data through the DBSCar connector and mobile terminal. It is also Wi-Fi enabled so you can browse the internet and access maintenance information. Other features include photo, video and the ability to access live data. The tool provides module coding, resets, re-learns and is supplied with all relevant connectors and adaptors. Launch UK MD Dave Richards, says: "The X-431 PRO complements our entire professional range of diagnostic tools and means that, in addition to the X-431 PAD and GDS, we have a solution for every workshop requirement and budget."

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  • Onwards and upwards 

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