Automotive service in the era of the electronic car: Page 4 of 6

April 30, 2018 //By Gerhard Angst, Concept Engineering
Automotive service in the era of the electronic car
Can a “Google Maps” approach turn around automotive service efficiency for modern vehicle electronics?

This model is exactly what is required by the service centers, as they chart their course through the maze of complex electronic components and interconnects. Semiconductors contain millions of transistors and connections, which has driven the development of reactive debug visualization technology by, in this case, Concept Engineering. This technology (E-engine™) is now being applied to service schematic diagrams with the following results:

  1. An easy-to-read, visual display that dynamically focuses on the exact problem area, based on diagnostic codes (Diagnostic Trouble Codes, DTC) or manual input.
  2. A schematic diagram that changes to depict the exact version and variant of the specific vehicle under inspection, eliminating unnecessary clutter
  3. An online (PC or tablet) display that scales and adjusts itself, and allows additional information about components, wiring, etc. to be revealed interactively.
  4. A direct link from the developers’ CAD drawings to the schematic database to avoid translation errors and accelerate authoring.

This is how this solution works: The original CAD drawings of the electrical and electronic system for a particular car brand is automatically converted from industry standard formats such as KBL, as well as company proprietary formats,  into the E-engine database format known as EDB. The EDB database may also contain component detail and other information useful to service centers. It also allows for variant data to be specified, and may be updated easily without being completely reproduced as revisions are made to the vehicle’s specification.

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