This project's funding goal was not reached on June 20, 2014.
About this project
MECH5 is a unique, revolutionary, fully cloud based vehicle diagnostics system. It empowers users by enabling them to understand all their vehicle’s systems by going far beyond standard On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) generic engine data apps.
Why is MECH5 different from existing vehicle diagnostics Apps?
Checking your vehicle's health is not just checking the engine! Today’s vehicles are full of small interconnected computers called Electronic Control Units (ECUs) which control every aspect of your car, and MECH5 is the first one to give you access to them!
Accessing all this information may seem like rocket science, but you don't need to know what's going on behind if you don't want to. MECH5 does the math for you.
Read manufacturer specific fault codes (DTCs) from many ECUs throughout the car, and let MechNet automatically bring the knowledge to you.
Most ECUs have dozens of sensors and status parameters available for you to read. Save them at any moment in time for analysis or later comparison.
Using live data waveform graphing of sensor and status data, you can check any parameter in real time. You can also compare several waveforms to each other live, all at the same time!
For example, press the window up/down button in the door control module, and see if the parameter value changes from Inactive to Active. This will rule out if the problem is the signal going to or from the ECU.
Take a simple windshield wiper system. You select the low speed position and the wiper fails to respond. Where is the fault? Is it the switch signal reaching the ECU or is the issue between the ECU and the wiper motor?
With this feature you can tell the ECU to activate the wipers, so you can know for sure if the signals from the ECU to wiper motor are good or not.
This simple test could save a lot of time investigating the fault.
In the same way you can check door locks, dashboard gauges, power windows, lights, throttle motors, and many more components.
For many of us, getting our hands dirty on every part of our cars is what we love to do. MECH5 will save you time and money in so many ways, by allowing you to perform simple service procedures yourself!
- Changed the oil and the service indicator in the dashboard is still on?
- Need to open the parking brake callipers to change the brake pads?
- Want to adjust the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)?
- Swapped over the winter tires to the summer ones and need to set them up?
- Need to bleed the brakes but can't get the ABS pump to run?
MECH5 will allow you to perform these functions and many, many more service procedures and repairs on your car.
On current vehicles it is sometimes not possible to just "plug in and go" when fitting new components. With MECH5 you can configure the ECUs to let the car "know" that it has a new component. This is where MECH5 distances itself even further from generic OBD tools. Here are a few possibilities:
- Key programming / Immobiliser configuration
- Injector coding / classifications
- Airbag replacement coding
- BSI / Body Controller replacement and configurations
- Steering Angle sensor Calibration
- Trailer / tow bar configuration
MechNet is our cloud based information sharing system. Fully integrated within MECH5, it allows you to instantly see Knowledge Items or Questions about the diagnostic information you are currently seeing on-screen.
No more web searches through dozens of forums to find answers to questions or guessing whether it applies to your particular fault or not.
You and other users can contribute to MechNet dynamically while working on cars and finding solutions. Get involved in the Connected Car Revolution! Share and learn!
Please bear in mind that not all fault codes will display MechNet content. It's a work in progress folks!
In a breakdown or non-start situation, MECH5 saves you time, worry and money by enabling remote assistance to family or friends. This allows you to assess the problem and possibly advise the next best steps to get them moving again.
As development of the system progresses, certified expert users will be able to remotely help beginners with complex functions and procedures, and also offer tips and guidance, all within MECH5, in a secure and easy way.
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Everyday Car Drivers
A better understanding of your vehicle’s health can give you peace of mind during your everyday driving, holiday trips or whenever you desire. MECH5 is a service designed for different levels of involvement and anyone can use it!
You don't have to be an expert as MECH5 brings knowledge directly to you:
- Additional information from other users worldwide
- Forum-like questions and answers
- Knowledge items from known repairs
- Technical information from different partners
Remotely Diagnose Vehicles
Provide your customers with a fantastic and unique remote diagnostic service without leaving your desk. Give them reassurance regarding the health of their car from a trusted source, binding their loyalty to your workshop even further.
... and allow Specialists to Remotely Assist you
Let a specialist assist you with advanced procedures, like ECU configurations and programming.
Are you a mobile diagnostic specialists? Make the most out of your know-how and offer your services remotely to other workshops. Save driving time and fuel, and do more jobs per day!
Give new life to your outdated scan tools!
Use MECH5 to unleash the full potential of existing scantools with J2534 Pass Thru capability. Based on the industry leading DEC Superscan system, you’ll be able to perform many more service procedures than before.
Don't forget, whichever level you start with, you can always upgrade at any time!
We want to make you feel special for backing us:
In addition to all the discounts and benefits, we´ll also distinguish you as "MECH5 Backer" in your profile. This will be visible whenever you participate online on questions, seeking help, etc., and all your questions will be highlighted for higher visibility among others.
You will also be able to beta test MECH5's amazing features during the development and testing phase. And when new features are released in the future, you will get the possibility to use them first.
"MECH5 is unlike any diagnostic system I've seen before. Having used their brilliant Superscan for over 8 years I honestly can't believe that the same functionality is now available via the Cloud!"
"I'm a professional mechanic and I've always wanted to do my diagnostic work on my iPad. With MECH5 I can. Believe me, this is no toy: it can match my other pro tools and it allows me to help my customers or friends whenever I like, wherever I am – well, I can only say it blows my mind."
“I love my cars and use a cheap OBD dongle with an app which is limited to engine info only. Well I got to try MECH5 today for the first time and even though it’s not finished yet I was still able to access so many ECU’s on my car, using my existing dongle and in fact found a fault in the airbag ecu – which I fixed! Best of luck guys and can’t wait for the full release“
Alexis Zirah (Car Enthusiast), Hong Kong
MECH5 is a fully online, cloud based diagnostic service. It's not just an App you install in your phone or laptop. It´s not hardware either, although it does needs some to work. And because it's HTML based, it's always up to date! No more wasted time downloading updates!
X-Link is the only download and install required on your phone, tablet or laptop. It sets up the connection between the Vehicle Communications Interface (VCI) plugged into your car and our servers. All you need to do is open a web browser and log in to MECH5.com
We made MECH5 compatible with many different types of VCIs. These are the ones we currently support, but we expect to enable others as they become more popular:
If you happen to own one of these VCIs already, you may not need to buy new hardware. Just login at MECH5.com and start using it straight away!
If you don’t own one already, then you can choose a pledge reward that includes one of our new SCAN5 VCIs.
SCAN5 is our fully multiplexed, enhanced OBD device (VCI) that will make the most out of your MECH5 subscription.
Based on more than 15 years of continuous hardware development by DEC Automotive, SCAN5 is the ultimate small, fully connected, Bluetooth vehicle diagnostic interface.
SCAN5 hardware is ONLY be required when:
- You don't already have an OBD or J2534 interface.
- The OBD or J2534 interface you already own is not giving you enough ECU coverage.
Here is our current and projected vehicle coverage list. We've added a number identifier next to each one, so you can see when it is expected to be available.
Remember your Kickstarter backer benefits won't be activated until you start using the service. So make sure you back us now to enable us to stick to our schedule.
We already cover a large range of models from within these manufacturers, with a huge amount of ECUs as well. However, there is still a lot for us to do to cover as many vehicles as possible and we need your support to make it happen!
Click on any of the vehicles below and check out how many different ECUs you can access and the different Service & Advanced Procedures available:
We are really excited about this amazing new technology that we have created! It will empower any car owner to access all their vehicle’s systems safely, securely and economically.
We’ve come a long way and we now have a beta version of MECH5 up and running, but it’s far from finished. That’s where your support can help us get the job done.
These are some of the things we want to get finished:
- Add new look & feel. We're going to give MECH5 the modern look it deserves. Click here for a glimpse
- Improve the MECH5 Diagnostics Engine
- Implement MechNet Forum within MECH5
- Extend our coverage over the next 6 to 12 months, especially for the North American and Asian markets
- Extend VCI compatibility
- Add more languages (dependent on user requests)
- Enhanced Vehicle Health Record
And of course, since you're backing us, your ideas are more than welcome!
Nebula Systems was formed by the Directors of DEC Automotive, a world leader in automotive diagnostic systems development, and Maverick Technology, one of the UK’s leading aftermarket diagnostic tool distributors.
We are a small but very passionate bunch of people whose ultimate goal is to develop Cloud based technology that will revolutionise the automotive diagnostics market.
We hope to Empower every car owner, with the knowledge about their cars internal systems. It’s Your car and you should be able to know what is going on inside it at any time!
A huge thanks to all the team at DEC Automotive (Mariano, Manuel, Leandro, Scott & Julian), Maverick Technology (Robyn, Les & Marion) and Ginhson Elektronik (our hardware design partner) whose hard work and support has made it possible for us to get to this Kickstarter Campaign launch!
We would also like to thank all our Family and Friends for their amazing and positive support. You all know who you are!
We wanted to let you know that since our campaign started, several companies have approached us about future collaboration with our MECH5 cloud platform:
- TORQUE OBD - Ian Hawkins, developer of the worlds most downloaded ANDROID OBD APP, is in discussions regarding implementing MECH5 into his APP!
- We are in discussions with one of the world’s leading chip tuning companies to include their file delivery system within MECH5!
We currently fully support English and Spanish, and we have many other languages in progress like French, German, Portuguese & Italian, to name but a few.
Glossary of Terms
Risks and challenges
Although MECH5 is built on the back of 20 years joint experience in automotive aftermarket diagnostic technology, we have several challenges ahead:
- Expanding our vehicle coverage in the shortest possible time.
- Beta testing of many different vehicles and feeding that into the development.
- Completing multi-language support. Anybody want to help with the translations?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well, here are some of the security features implemented in MECH5:
Connection to MECH5 is encrypted (the same level of security you use on sites that involve monetary transactions)
Access to your account and vehicles is protected with your User & Password combination. No one can freely access your car unless YOU grant them access to it.
Access to your car is granted via the phone/tablet/etc that's connected to it. Anytime someone that's authorized wants to access your car, your device will prompt you to grant access.
Access to your car is only possible if your OBD device is plugged in and you control when to plug it in.
This is not a telematics device and as such it does not need to be plugged in 24/7. You keep it in the glove box and use it when needed.
SCAN5 has built-in security mechanisms to prevent people to just stand next to the car and connect via bluetooth to it. Our OBD device will not work unless it is unlocked by using your Username and Password (Note: your credentials are not stored in the device, they are used to retrieve a security code related to your account and device)
MECH5 has features to check for abnormal behaviour in your account. For instance, accesing it from a different country. If we notice unusual activity we will not allow MECH5 to send commands to the vehicle until you authorize the action by clicking on an email we send or logging into your account to do so.
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