Handheld automotive diagnostic tool with VIN decoder and communication system

  • US 9,384,599 B2
  • Filed: 04/01/2015
  • Issued: 07/05/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of receiving a vehicle having an onboard computer, the onboard computer configured to establish a communication link with a diagnostic device in response to receipt of a first signal transmitted in a first protocol, the onboard computer further being operative to communicate diagnostic information in response to receipt of a second signal in a second protocol, the method comprising the steps of:

  • a. optically scanning vehicle identification data located on the vehicle;

    b. accessing a second protocol database, the second protocol database having a plurality of second protocols, each second protocol being associated with respective vehicle identification data;

    c. matching the scanned vehicle identification data with the second protocol database, to identify a specific second protocol associated with the scanned vehicle identification data and useful for retrieving desired diagnostic data from the vehicle;

    d. connecting a diagnostic device to the onboard computer;

    e. polling the onboard computer to identify the first protocol;

    f. configuring the diagnostic device to establish a communication link with the onboard computer using the first protocol; and

    g. configuring the diagnostic device to communicate an information request to the onboard computer in the second protocol;

    h. receiving diagnostic data associated with the second protocol at the diagnostic device, via the onboard computer;

    i. transmitting the diagnostic data from the diagnostic device to a cellphone via a local connectivity network; and

    j. transmitting the diagnostic data from a cellphone to a main server via a cellular telephone network, the main server having a diagnostic database being arranged to map the vehicle diagnostic data to a possible vehicle fix(es).

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