The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) reported that the Chrysler Group LLC is registering diagnostic software and tools in both dealerships and aftermarket shops to ensure authenticity when servicing customer’s vehicles. NASTF was made aware of this from Chrysler in response to a question NASTF had asked on this topic.
License registration has been in use by many OEMs for some time, but in the near future, unregistered Chrysler tools will not operate. Soon, the wiTECH software will show a warning to users whose devices do not hold a valid registration. Registration of the Chrysler tool is free, assuming the user has paid the yearly license fee. A Chrysler spokesperson told NASTF that approximately 80 percent to 90 percent of known users have already registered their device. Later in 2014, Chrysler will no longer allow unregistered users to operate their wiTECHs. The other affected group will be users of clones of the wiTECH VCI.
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