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Mahle agrees deal with FCA for data usage

Mahle has struck an agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to give users of Mahle diagnostic tools access to vehicle data.

Mahle says users will have trouble-free access to FCA’s servers and the ability to retrieve all necessary information for diagnostics and service.

FCA is the first vehicle manufacturer to protect its OBD interfaces with a security gateway, which it says will no longer present a problem for users of Mahle’s diagnostic tools, such as TechPRO (Mahle) or Connex (Brain Bee).

“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.

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.