New 2022 Otofix D1: everything you need to know

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16 Nov 2021

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Otofix has launched its new lightweight, high-tech D1 bi-directional diagnostic tool. Here's everything you need to know about it.


What is it?


The Otofix D1 is a small, lightweight but high-tech diagnostic tool that will connect with a massive range of cars via their OBD ports and let you assess and manage fault codes amongst many other things.


The D1 is a bi-directional tool, meaning that as well as giving readouts for faults, it gives the operator actual direct control over modules rather than just reading what comes back from them.


Included in the box is a 7-inch tablet running on Google Android, which is powered by a large 5800mAh battery. A wireless OBD port reader is also included, which communicated with the tablet via Bluetooth.


Diagnostic tools are traditionally used by professionals in the motor trade to find faults, switch of faults codes that often result in dash warning lights and test individual functions.


There are multiple cheaper units on sale that are designed to be simple units for use at home, but the D1 is anything but – its range of features is very much aimed at the professional.


Who is it made by?


The Otofix D1 is ultimately made by a company called Autel.


Even if you don’t know the name the chances are your car has at some point benefited from Autel’s technology. Autel specialises in the kind of automotive tech that keeps cars on the road, enabling engineers and mechanics to diagnose problems with a vehicle and get it fixed in the most efficient way.


Autel’s products are sold in over 70 countries, including Great Britain, China, America and Australia. Its diagnostic tools are class-leading and found in more than 500,000 independent vehicle repair shops across the globe. Put simply, when there’s something wrong with your car, Autel has the tool that can identify the problem and get it back on the road ASAP. 


But it’s much more than that. Over 60 per cent of Autel’s employees work in the research and development (R&D) arm of the company, working on everything from battery and charging technology for electric cars to autonomous driving solutions. Autel has R&D centres in Silicon Valley, Munich and Shenzen.


Since it was founded in 2004 Autel has received 1040 domestic and foreign patents and has won almost 100 awards and honours, including the VISION Best New Product in the United States award and no less than 13 Red Dot Awards, known as Oscars in the world of product design.  


What does it do?


The Otofix D1 is a diagnostic tool. It's what professionals at the garage use when you take your car in reporting a fault. The D1 is aimed at professionals rather than home mechanics.


Modern cars have a complex circuit of modules that can report issues and help pinpoint where the issue lies. Diagnostic tools plug into your car and relay this information back.


However, the D1 is more high-tech than that. For starters its 7-inch tablet is lightweight and high-res, plus comes with a large battery for long periods of use.


To make it even easier to use, the dongle that plugs into your car to read the car's 'brain' is wireless, operating via Bluetooth. These means you can walk around the car looking at issues while it sends any info you need to the tablet over the air.


Once you've plugged the dongle in, you can scan the a car's entire circuitry to determine what faults, if any, there are. However, because the D1 is a bi-directional tool, it can also actuate various functions too, like valves and modules to actively test them, rather than just relay info back.


This gives the mechanic even more control over a car's functions, and its built-in WiFi and Chrome browser capability means that you can easily search for issues online once you have the faults displayed if needed. There's even a camera on the back, which can be used to record a fault to show to a customer.


The image above gives you an idea of some of the functions you can manipulate using the D1.



How much is it?


The Otofix D1 is priced at around £700, both via Autel's Otofix website and on Amazon.


The D1 comes pre-programmed with a huge amount of make and model capability, but over time there will of course be updates that will require extra spend.


You'll need to create an Autel account online and purchase your updates via Autel's website.


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16 Nov 2021