Delphi launches digital tachograph, diagnostic tool for Europe

  • 30-Nov-2009 04:16 EST
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Delphi digital tachograph features a replaceable printer and rapid data download.

Delphi has entered the European digital tachograph market with the EFAS 3 device, produced in partnership with EFKON of Germany, a company better known for telecommunication and electronic vehicle tolling systems.

“We have spoken to workshops and drivers and understood which parts cause them problems,” Helen Goldingay, Product Manager for Tachographs at Delphi, told AEI. The result has been a device that according to Delphi will support rapid data printing, readout, and download.

Delphi claims that it can take up to two and a half hours to download 28 days worth of data from some current digital tachographs. The same operation is said to take 60 s from the EFAS 3. The system has been designed with a simple user menu to make it easier for operators to navigate the system functions, according to Delphi. Menu items are displayed as floating text on the display to improve visibility and system navigation. EFAS 3 is equipped with a two-line data LCD data display, with the regular two slots for the driver and co-driver smart cards.

Other features include a front-mounted interface for calibration and data download, daily distance counter, and clock with automatic daylight saving adjustment. The integrated printer is a plug-in unit, which is simple to remove and replace. Delphi claims that it is not necessary to recalibrate the tachograph if the printer has been replaced.

Goldingay told AEI that the EFAS 3 is compatible with 75% of European vehicle applications and will fit the regular radio/CD player instrument panel slot. The system will be launched initially in the U.K., followed by Italy and France in January, with central and eastern European markets following later.

Delphi has also launched a European diagnostic tool for trucks and buses, including braked trailers, designed for independent service providers. The tool has been developed to use the same system hardware as the company’s existing passenger-car and light-commercial-vehicle systems. This will provide users with a choice. Available packages include ultramobile PC, tablet PC, or PDA, plus Vehicle Communications Interface (VCI), truck diagnostics cable, and software package for new users. Alternatively, Delphi can supply a stand-alone package using the service outlet’s own PC system, or a software license can be extended for existing Delphi Diagnostic mini-VCI owners.

Regardless of package, the diagnostic tool has been designed using OEM data to cover all vehicle systems and subsystems including powertrain, emissions, suspension, safety and security, braking, and air-conditioning. Initially, the tool has been designed to cover vehicles from DAF, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Scania, and Volvo, as well as trailer systems from Haldex, Knorr Bremse, and Wabco.

The next software update will include widespread revisions for DAF, Iveco, Renault, Scania, and Volvo; it will also target expansion into bus diagnostics for Volvo Bus and Evobus.

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