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OBDII Mysteries Revealed

Ever wonder what the inside of your car's brain would sound like? Data from the OBDII protocol is being used by dozens of startups and insurance companies to innovate new businesses and services to finally unlock the mysteries of your 3,000 lb metal friend.

Let's all learn together from Ryusuke Ikeda, one of the world's experts on the OBDII protocol, and Jeff Standard, co-founder of an automotive startup, who will talk all about that little port we've had in our cars since 1996.

Others with OBDII experience are invited to share your cool projects and ideas with the group.

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  • Jeffrey Morris J.

    Is the presentation from this event still available? I'd love to read a copy. Thanks!

    June 26, 2014

  • Bob C.

    I am very interested but I have a conflict this time. Please consider either another session or a followup. Thanks.

    March 11, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      Echoing Charles. Days could be spent on OBDII by itself. I'll also look into a way to post any presentation materials for everyone to dig into after the session.

      1 · March 13, 2014

    • Paul A.

      Thanks for posting the presentation. I've been researching this topic for a couple ideas. I'd definitely like to learn more. Thanks again!

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • sisil

    I missed this :( (unforgiving work schedule !) Will we be able to access the ppt or a video of the talk ??

    2 · April 2, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      I just uploaded the presentation for you (and everyone!) on this meetup group. In the top navigation look for "More" and then "Files".
      Though we weren't able to get some help to film it this time, Ryusuke and I will be glad to answer Q's about it, especially at any meetup!

      1 · April 2, 2014

    • Charles H.

      Can click here as well :) - http://files.meetup.c...­

      April 7, 2014

  • D M.

    Got my dongle and installed it on my Fit and trying out Torque and OBD Doctor. Trying to get beyond the novelty element. Neat stuff.

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Rick (Ryusuke I.

      Glad to hear that! The combination of OBD dongle and Honda Fit sounds perfect to me!

      March 31, 2014

  • Paul_____

    I learned a little more stuff about our cars like the CAN, OBDII, and information about the OBDII port dongles and diagnostic equipment (GST and MST).

    2 · March 27, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      Awesome, great to hear it Paul!

      March 27, 2014

  • D M.

    Ok I ordered my BT dongle last night from amazon. Lets see how it goes. Definitely learned something new!

    3 · March 27, 2014

  • mauro f.

    @jeff: automakers are making more money in aftermarket service than in the car selling, so they are not willng to share informations. However I'm working to open some informations to the community. I will post some detail about the device soon. I also will be in S.Jose (CA) mid april

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Douglas D.

    Dang!, I wish I could go... Ive got a canbus logger and 320 or so cars.. I know for the SVAOS meetings that there was someone filming, will someone film this event? Wish I could be there, A Canuck from north of 49

    March 21, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      We wish you could join too, that's a LOT of cars! I've been looking into filming options as it would be great to share with folks who can't make it out directly.

      At the least I'll be be posting our presentation materials, including quite a few reference slides, for everyone.

      March 22, 2014

  • mauro f.

    too far to be there unfortunately (I live in italy) but available to contribute. Many misunderstandings are common about OBD capabilities. A few people knows that with the standard protocol only minimal informations are retrieved from a car. To go deeply inside the car ECUs on the OBD connector car makers are using proprietary busses and protocols, often with encryption. As an example I'm currently working on a device that reads (on OBD) 5 CAN busses and K/L lines to have real diagnosis informations...

    March 21, 2014

    • Jeff S.

      This is a great point Mauro. It's my hope that automakers are beginning to see the value in creating APIs that allow us at the "consumer" level to tap deeper into ECU without going through that tangled web of proprietary protocols.

      I'm interested in your device! Are you planning for it to be similar in form factor to the bluetooth-enabled dongles or more similar to the handheld scan tools repair shops use?

      March 22, 2014

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