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    Right to Repair - Massachusetts Memoradum of Understanding and it's impact in 2018

    At the recent ETi conference for tool manufacturers, the following discussion occurred led by Mr. Brian Herron, President of Drew Technologies and current ETi President:

    http://www.eti-home.org/Blog/2017/06...ch-2017-recap/

    Right-to-Repair (R2R) Reaches an Important Compliance Juncture in MY2018

    “As of MY2018, all vehicles and resources, with the exception of ‘recall’ tools, must be compliant with the Massachusetts Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” explained Brian Herron, ETI President. He briefly recapped the history of Right-to-Repair, before introducing three separate speaker sessions (OEM Panel, Aftermarket View of R2R and Heavy Duty Update), which provided updates and views. “For service and repair professionals this means OEM diagnostic systems must be made available to anyone for a reasonable price, at the same ‘content level’ dealerships have, using a “Pass-Thru” interface such as J2534, RP1210, or ISO22900.”


    Specifically the MOU requires:

    • OEM diagnostic systems be made available to anyone for a reasonable price, at the same ‘content level’ dealerships have, using a “Pass-Thru” interface such as J2534, RP1210, or ISO22900.
    • Scan tool data be made available via a license.
    • Pass-through reprogramming be made available through a standardized interface, such as interface such as J2534, RP1210, or ISO22900 devices.
    • Vehicle immobilizer programming all be made available


    “Having seven automakers represented on the OEM panel was significant,” noted Herron,” who moderated the automaker panel. “Each showed how they had complied with each MoU requirement and also provided attendees with access details for information and training resources.”


    Ken DeGrant, of Drew Technologies, presented on the Heavy Duty Right to Repair Status Update. “We are at a critical stage for the implementation of R2R MoUs for both light- and heavy-duty vehicles this year.” Medium-duty OEMs are nearly all complaint, but heavy-duty OEMs still have a long way to go to be compliant by this year’s deadline.”
    “Right-to-repair originally was about hardware, but now it’s about software and other issues,” shared Bob Augustine, training director for Christian Brothers Automotive, an aftermarket multishop firm. “Just imagine if the MoU hadn’t been reached.”


    “Currently, there are two R2R issues of concern to the aftermarket on the light-duty,” advised Aaron Lowe, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Auto Care Association, who provided the aftermarket’s R2R perspective. “One is a lack of VIN-specific ‘as built’ data and adequate service and programming information for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in vehicles already being sold. Both are critical to providing a complete and efficient service/repair. Cybersecurity is the other issue. It’s now everybody’s business, so automakers and the aftermarket must work together if customers are going to be as fully protected as possible.”

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    As of MY2018, all vehicles and resources,
    So what of 2017 and older. For example, the guy with a 2003 Passat.... does this help him out?

    made available to anyone for a reasonable price
    How will this price be determined? Will it be uniform across the board or will it cost more for Lambos Vs Pintos?

    so automakers and the aftermarket must work together
    That would be lovely. If an automakers wants to work with Ross-Tech, give us a call or email:

    http://www.ross-tech.com/contact.php

    I can't speak directly for the owner, Uwe, but I think he would be open to formal talks.
    Jef
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