Top 6 Automotive Diagnostic Software

Automotive is one of the most fast developing industries, that attracts a great number of investors. A smart vehicle is able to adjust its productivity to lower fuel consumption, show the best direction taking into account traffic and weather conditions, detect errors in the engine and collect data to arrange lower insurance rates.


Most vehicles are equipped with on-board diagnostics, or an OBD2 port that provides access to data from the engine control unit (ECU). To get the information you need to plug in an external device.


An auto scanner obd is used to receive data codes and other information about the car's general health. One can buy diagnostic software that will let connect PC to the ODB system in the vehicle, but necessary automotive repair knowledge are usually also needed.


The need for development of vehicle apps has been rapidly increasing. The auto market promptly reacts to these signals and universal applications exactly in this direction are increasingly spread.


Commonly car application has two components - a device - hardware configuration interface that connects to the onboard computer of the car and the application itself on the computer.


The car application analyzes the records and works as a smart assistant when the car owner drives the vehicle. It analyzes many sides of the trip and provides the user helpful tips: how to drive more cautiously, how to reduce fuel consumption and how to extend the life of the car. The main goal of applications is to give the driver more insight into their car. Vehicle maintenance apps usually help to track car's service and gas fill-ups.


Here we gathered 6 best automotive diagnostic software solutions that provide a simple and acceptable way to monitor your car's health and have advantages and disadvantages. The software differs from the OS you have. Here are 3 automotive diagnostic software for Windows.


AutoEnginuity's ScanTool

AutoEnginuity's ScanTool is a great automotive diagnostic software for your Windows-based computer or laptop. Owners of AutoEnginuity’s ScanTool claim that coverage is the main feature of the application. The application supports coverage options for 48 carmakers.


And it's also about the depth of this comprehension. The app allows the access to ABS, airbag, enhanced powertrain, instrument cluster, transmission, and dozens of other body and chassis controllers. Considering the depth - it consists of online data, bi-directional controls, adaptive resets and learns, system tests, and trouble code retrieval and clearing.


AutoEnginuity has great user-friendly interfaces without sacrificing its ease-of-use and can pan, allows zooming, and displays several plots on one graph.

Other features include:

  • Print DTC and IM/Mode 6 data in a individual report format. This reports help customers to customize necessary repairs and optional repairs.

  • The application allows to display data in a comfortable form instead of raw data.

  • Data is logged in two formats: XML to use in browsers; and CSV for spreadsheets with the capability to change the format and view logs offline.

  • Customizable sensor data. One can change the way displays the data about sensor's sampling rate, ranges, set alertable audio trigger points, units, and scaling value.


Using AutoEnginuity’s ScanTool one can be sure to receive a full-featured scan tool and professional-grade coverage.



ProScan is considered to be one of the most user-friendly PC-based OBD scanner. ProScan is often sold as a mix with a hardware and software and contains all of all necessary cables, equipment, and software to make any PC into an OBD2 code reader.


This software has some important benefits, and here are they:

  • Fuel Economy tool. This car diagnostic tool helps to adapt driving behaviour to lower the fuel consumption of a vehicle. This tool could be launched during a test drives while buying a car. The analysis will be available after a quick drive and one can see the real fuel consumption data for the car based upon each driver's habits. This feature can help to make a best choice when buying a car and prevent from large costs.

  • Vehicle Connection Manager. The Vehicle Connection Manager is an interface you see when launch the program. To make PC - vehicle connection user should select the vehicle profile and connect via the program. It will show the connection status and view the report if the failure happens.

  • Freeze Frame Data. This tool allows to monitor any data at any period by saving all the previous information. It also show all detected problems and helps to resolve them.

  • Oxygen Sensor Tests. This tool allows to display all tests your car had for all individual oxygen sensor. If the car has a problem, this tool will help to determine if the oxygen sensors have fails and detect exactly which sensor.

  • Diagnostic Report Generator. ProScan allows to generate diagnostics report for a car with one button.

  • Check engine light detector. When a car's check engine light appears, a vehicle will save a code that recognize the problem detected(DTC). And the tool will provide a list of such DTC saved with its description so user can detect the problem.



This tool is a generic automotive diagnostic scanner and a diagnostics tool that maintain a broad multiplicity of OBD2 hardware interfaces. It allows to view, make charts, log and playback a diagnostics data in present time with the car's OBD2 diagnostic data slot. It also allows to see DTC's, Freeze Frame data, and other car info. It supports all US, Asian and European cars built after 1996.


Key benefits are: Customized dashboards, Drag Strip and Dyno feature, Data logging, DTCs, Test results, and other useful features like full support of printing reports, customizable alerts and other.


For users that have Mac computers and laptops we can also suggest some vehicle diagnostic software. Here is a list with their pros and cons.


EOBD Facile

User can make a diagnostics of a vehicle using Mac OS and find out the reason of engine indicators without manufacturer's pack. The connection is simple, and after that user can diagnose and see the results in real time.


Main functions of EOBD Facile OBD Software Programming are:

  • View engine faults of codes and find out their meaning

  • Clear the check engine light

  • Monitor special manufacturer error codes

  • Make recordings of trips and save via iPhone/iPad, recover them later using EOBD Facile application

  • Create and view records of GPS data


OBD Auto Doctor

OBD II Auto Doctor is an advanced OBD2 car diagnostics tool. It is one of the best OBD software for OS X platform. The Auto Doctor allows user to examine and reset the alert codes. Using this OBD2 diagnostic software a user can interact with a car's OBD2 system readily, and make a computer or a laptop with OS X a very clever automotive scanner.


OBD II Auto Doctor is a exellent tool for people who are interested in understanding more their car. If one want to monitor vehicle data in present period of time or turn off the check engine indicator, this can be a very gear.


Key benefits of this OBD2 software:

  • User can see the if the vehicle is ready for emission tests and the transcript of

  • DTCs, Freeze Frame, MIL

  • View fuel consumption and fuel emission

  • View OBD2 indicators in real time to detect breakings

  • User can turn between numerical or graphical view of all OBD2 data, imperial and metric units

  • Possibility to sen this data via email

  • Tool helps to read VIN, Calibration Identifications and Calibration Verification Numbers of ECU

  • This car diagnostic software supports built-in DTC database including 14000+ alarm codes.


Movi and Movi Pro

Every failure (DTC) of a vehicle is saved in the the engine control module (ECM). Reading this information can help professionals to identify the problem and fix a car. Movi™  car diagnostic software helps to see this trouble codes, extract the car's freeze frame information, and clear it, so that can turn your check engine light off. Movi tool has this features in comparison with other software:


  • User can view real time data to help in the diagnostics of numerous engine malfunctions

  • Read or clear DTCs

  • Define if emission tests are finished after a repair to provide a pass at an emission testing

  • View and clear freeze frame data

  • User can monitor passing and average fuel consumption and fuel economy

  • Driver can see battery voltage for battery and charging system condition

  • Monitor a virtual horsepower

  • Monitoring of virtual torque

  • Monitor and make a graph to 4 engine indicators at the same time

  • The tool saves a driver's sessions to view it after

  • Audio tips


With a vehicle monitoring application that can be customized based on the needs of your organizations and customers, you can be sure your drivers are meeting best practices.


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