Cyber security measures may change how diagnostic testing is approached

The “Secure Gateway Module,” often called SGW, is a technology that has been developing in the aftermarket diagnostic repair arena.
The SGW acts as a firewall between a vehicle’s multimedia system, diagnostic port, and other electronic systems to prevent unauthorised access.
As the electronic systems in cars become more powerful, they also become more vulnerable to failures in cyber security.
For example, in 2015 a pair of hackers demonstrated that they were able to access and gain control of a Jeep Cherokee’s electronic systems from a remote location.
This was achieved by infiltrating the connected vehicle’s multimedia Wi-Fi connection. Chrysler quickly corrected this particular problem, but it brought awareness to the need for better cyber security for vehicles.
This is where the SGW comes in, and it’s expected that all vehicles with integrated connected technology will have a form of SGW installed within the next five years.
This will affect aftermarket workshops in a few different ways. It’s possible that the scan tools that many shops utilise now will have very limited access when it comes to vehicles fitted with the SGW.

Something as simple as a service reset function may become impossible to complete. Users might not be able to access any Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to calibrate. It could be that a scanner could read fault codes but not clear them. Nobody knows for sure yet what will and will not be possible as this is still a developing technology.
Bosch Diagnostics has created a solution to this looming problem with its Secure Diagnostics Access (SDA) technology, which is integrated into Bosch’s KTS 250, 350, 560, and 590 range of diagnostic tools with the latest ESI[tronic] 2.0 software.
This software offers comprehensive vehicle coverage while also giving unrestricted access to vehicles with the SGW.
The diagnostic tool will need to be connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection, and the user will need to register a Bosch ID and possess a valid and current ESI[tronic] software license.
It offers an added advantage of eliminating the need to register employees and the business with each individual vehicle manufacturer and paying a subscription fee every time the diagnostic tool is used (which is currently the case with FCA vehicles).
For a demonstration on the Bosch KTS250, KTS560 and KTS590 diagnostic tools, please contact your nearest CoolDrive Auto Parts branch.

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