Friday, 27 January 2017

FedPoly Oko students develop Car Diagnostic Machine

Two Students from Electrical Electronics Department of Federal Polytechnic Oko, Onah Chinedu and Eluwa Michael, have developed a Car Diagnostic Machine, an automotive scan tool (scanner) used to interface with, diagnose and, sometimes, reprogram vehicle control modules. This scan tool is connected to the vehicle's data link connector (DLC) to read out diagnostic trouble codes or DTC's (this would be considered a "code reader") or may have more capabilities. This scan tool also displays live data stream (inputs and outputs), have bi-directional controls (the ability to make the controllers do things outside of normal operations) and may even be able to calibrate/program modules within certain parameters. Though the scan tool does not have the ability to fully reprogram modules because it requires a pass-through device and specific software, but it is perfect for a start. While eulogizing the achievements of the duo, the Rector, Prof.Godwin Onu challenged them to make more research as to develop a world-class scanning system. He assured them of the full support of the Polytechnic Management in making sure that they wax stronger in time to come. His words “Your work is excellent. We are really proud of you both. The management team will put heads together to know what best to do to develop you further. Meanwhile, we may start by enacting a Car-Test workshop for the Polytechnic where you would help in training other students and also solve problems for car owners”

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