Auto techs who’ve heard the above from customers, rejoice! This week Mac Tools announced a car data recorder that plugs into vehicles’ OBDII data plug and records the entire OBDII data set in a continuous 24-hour loop. Jack this sucker in, send the customer out for a drive, and when they come back you’ve got software access to everything the car knows about the issue.
Mac says this will help diagnose problems that aren’t around long enough to illuminate the check engine light — the bane of the pro tech crowd.
To analyze the data, Mac points buyers to the OEM’s PC-based client software package, which is available for free download. Our quick glance at the software showed some pretty handy screens, including the ability to graph data over time.
Parents take note: speed is one of the data types this device records. You could totally use this to bust your 16-year-old with a speed fetish. As always, you’ll need to contact your local truck-based Mac distributor for pricing and details.