For 2018 and subsequent model year engines, complying with OBD II regulations in the US is a requirement potentially posing significant challenges to alternative fuel vehicle manufactures.  Introducing a major functionality such as OBD to software that was not originally designed to address this need can cause significant architectural changes to the software design.   Managing and communicating faults in a manner that meets all the regulatory OBD requirements is a significantly complex task.  Dana has developed what we call our OBD Infrastructure Software specially designed for DTC life cycle management, storage, and reporting of OBD data, diagnostic tool interface, In Use Performance Ratios and handling all the other aspects of regulatory OBD.  The Dana software abstracts the application level OBD tasks from the background OBD tasks that are independent of the application.  These background tasks execute as part of a lower-level OBD infrastructure pre-built into the embedded controls API rather than burdening the higher-level controls application.   The software is sold as a Simulink control model and OBD abstraction blockset.  For customers needing assistance in monitor development as well as the OBD infrastructure software, Dana offers a full range of engineering services to support implementation.

Chad Lehner, Program Manager, will be presenting “OBD Infrastructure Software Architecture” at L-NGV San Diego on June 17, 2015. Join him as he demonstrates Dana’s knowledge of OBD as relevant to the alternative fuel market, what could be impacted in the market, and how Dana can help you develop solutions for your business.