An agreement has been reached between MAHLE and FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), giving users trouble-free access to FCA’s servers and the ability to retrieve all necessary information for diagnostics and service, following FCA’s implementation of OBD interface security gateways.
The deal means users of MAHLE’s diagnostic tools, such as TechPRO or Connex, will still have access to FCA’s servers for diagnostics and service.
The security gateway was introduced because there were indications that third parties could gain access to security-relevant functions of vehicles through diagnostic and connectivity protocols. FCA responded immediately by introducing extensive security measures. Since then, the OBD interface can be read, but users cannot write or delete entries. Changes to vehicle systems were previously only possible using original FCA testers.
“The workshop will be able to purchase access from us in the form of an annual subscription and subsequently access the FCA portal. All relevant diagnostic additions will then be available and can be fully used. Users will be able to work with their diagnostic tool from MAHLE as usual, switching quickly to the FCA server in order to download the certificate that is required for certain service functions,” explains Joachim Schneeweiss, EMEA sales manager at MAHLE Aftermarket Service Solutions.