KTS 250 enables reading of mileage data stored at a vehicle’s different control units to avoid possible odometer manipulations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Bosch today announced the availability of its most advanced ECU multifunctional tester – Bosch KTS 250 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new function of the compact Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester allows automotive businesses and experts to read out any mileage data stored at the vehicle’s different control units. Comparing this data with the mileage shown on the odometer, they can easily determine whether the odometer mileage is plausible or if it differs from the other values. This can have a significant influence on the vehicle’s current value in cases of used vehicle valuations, leasing return or even for expert reports concerning the vehicle value. It allows insurance companies to include this test into their damage assessment or even to ensure compliance with the contractually agreed annual mileage.
Mileage stored at different control units
In most cases, a vehicle’s mileage is not only stored at the odometer on the instrument cluster at the vehicle’s dashboard, but also at a large variety of different electronic control units the vehicle is equipped with. Even the seat memory or the park assist control unit can store information on the vehicle mileage. Throughout the last years, modern vehicles have been equipped with a continuously growing number of control units. As a result, the actual mileage of today’s vehicles is often stored at different sources simultaneously.
Once the Bosch KTS 250 diagnostic tester has been connected to the vehicle by means of the OBD cable, it allows reading out the actual values of the control units and the fault memory. The new KTS 250 mileage readout function creates a list of the individual mileage values stored at the different control units. Afterwards, wireless network connection can be used to print the diagnostic protocol sending it to the workshop network printer or to send it by e-mail – as an attachment and right from KTS 250.
Comprehensive ECU diagnosis via Esitronic diagnostic software
Bosch developed the compact KTS 250 ECU diagnostic tester for mobile applications. Its intuitive and Android-based user interface stands out for being very user-friendly. Equipped with Bosch Esitronic diagnostic software, KTS 250 allows quick ECU diagnosis on almost any type of passenger car on the market. Once the automatic vehicle identification via vehicle identification number (VIN) has been completed, the user is provided with an overview of all control units installed at the vehicle. The tester is equipped with an integrated lithium-ion battery providing the power required for its mobile application. During diagnosis, KTS 250 is supplied with energy the vehicle tested provides via OBD connector.
Adding the new mileage readout function, Bosch further expanded the scope of application of KTS 250 testers. They are now equally suitable for insurance companies and experts using them for damage assessment or vehicle value reports as for leasing companies receiving vehicle returns or car dealers and workshops accepting used vehicles as a trade-in.
The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with modern diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. About 14,000 associates in more than 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 15,000 workshops, and more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.