NASTF Information Requests

Tracking: 838 Status: Closed
State: UT Name: Andrew
Category of Request: OEM Special Tools Availability Manufacturer: CHRYSLER/JEEP/DODGE

Inquiry
Have you checked the OEM website?
Yes
Description of Repair unable to perform
DRBIII emulator access
Description of Information not available
DRBIII emulator access
Description of steps taken to obtain information (help/contact function on website, websites, etc.)
Chrysler has recently changed to the WiTech 2.0 for security concerns on late model vehicles. With this change the original VCI Pods in the aftermarket have somehow been deactivated while dealerships are allowed to continue using theirs for the DRBII emulator functions and flash programming. This is not an isolated incident or technical problem with my device, it is widespread through the aftermarket. On Chrysler's support site for their tools it says specifically that aftermarket support for the DRBII emulator has ended. Yet it also says that dealers can continue to use it. Chrysler has made a DRBII emulator available through Controller Technologies. However this is a slap in the face to aftermarket shops who have to buy another interface, again. Chrysler dealers are able to use software and interface devices that the aftermarket also has invested in and Chrysler selectively turned off that access to the aftermarket. I understand the need for security on late model vehicles. However pre-CAN vehicles are not where the hacking threats lie. It would do no harm for Chrysler to allow the aftermarket to continue using their genuine and validated VCI Pods with WiTech 1.0 software that only has the DRBIII emulator present. It also will do no harm to Chrysler to allow the genuine and validated VCI Pods to continue being used for flash programming.
Other Comments or Concerns
Notes
Donny Seyfer - 02/12/2018
FCA responded that the knowledge base statement is untrue and that they will resolve the incorrect entry. The DRBII emulator is still available.
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