Using Fiber Optics to Attach Diagnostic Equipment to Automobile Electronics
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes the use of a fiber-optic link between an automobile on-board electronics package and electronic diagnostic equipment external to the car. With the introduction of on-board equipment in current automobiles, it has become necessary to be able to interface electronic diagnostic equipment external to the car with an on-board electronics package so that service may be done to the automobile. Traditionally, such interfacing has been done using electrical cable to attach the vehicle's electronic system to the diagnostic equipment which in most cases was hand-held and drew power from the vehicle's battery.