ECU diagnostics is crucial to meet the growing demands for vehicle performance, safety and environmental friendliness. As ECUs become increasingly complex and have multi-layered communication levels, a detailed insight into their functions is essential. The diagnostics of ECUs is therefore one of the central tasks in engineering, manufacturing and service of vehicles. Only in this way potential problems can be identified, analyzed and solved in time, quickly and efficiently.

Bus systems, protocols and data descriptions serve as standardized methods for collecting, transmitting and interpreting data from the vehicle's sensors and control units. They enable diagnostic tools to communicate with the vehicle systems and collect data in a structured way – at just one click. This data is then used to enable fast and accurate diagnostics and to identify potential problems.


  • Transferring large amounts of data to the vehicle in the shortest possible time
  • Develop diagnostics efficiently with ever shorter development cycles
  • Maintain and repair vehicles efficiently and safely
  • Utilize work capacities worldwide without expensive, time-consuming travel or shipping of rare test objects
  • Access to vehicles or test objects remotely at any time
  • Use diagnostic information multiple times

Diagnostic Solutions

  • Authoring systems for describing diagnostic and test information (ODX, OTX)
  • Engineering testers for verification of ECU and vehicle diagnostics
  • Flash solutions for reliable software updates, also over-the-air (OTA)
  • Remote and cloud diagnostics for remote vehicle access
  • Tools for after-sales diagnostics, maintenance and repair
  • Test systems for diagnostic and residual bus simulation
  • Diagnostic simulation for test preparation and regression testing
  • Programming interfaces for consistent runtime behavior of test and diagnostic systems

Diagnostic Applications

Softing covers a comprehensive portfolio of applications used to develop diagnostic processes and perform diagnostics. In doing so, we accompany you in all areas of the value chain – from engineering and manufacturing to aftersales service.

Professional Vehicle Engineering

Validation of diagnostics and communication in the vehicle.

Diagnostic Simulation

Configurable diagnostic simulation as a replacement for real ECUs or vehicles. 

Vehicle Communication

Reliable vehicle communication interfaces for all areas of application.

Aftersales Diagnostics

Diagnostics and flash programming in aftersales service.

Diagnostic Runtime System

Platform-independent runtime system for diagnostic functions, sequences and services.


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About Softing Automotive

We support our customers with solutions which facilitate the testing, diagnostics and monitoring of mechatronic systems, vehicles and entire fleets. We see our task as starting with communication with the vehicle, through data pre-processing and visualization, to storage – locally or in the cloud. We create the connection to the electronic systems of our customers worldwide! 

Leading manufacturers of cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and their suppliers all rely on tried and tested tools and scalable solutions from Softing Automotive. But fleet operators and service suppliers also opt for Softing’s secure solutions and flexible services. The internationally binding standards implemented by Softing for programming interfaces, data descriptions, protocols and bus systems guarantee our customers the long-term safeguarding of their projects thanks to the reusability of data with consistently high quality. As an active member of numerous committees and associations (incl. ASAM, ISO, SAE), we take a leading role in defining industry standards.

Why Softing?

Highly efficient vehicle diagnostics – state-of-the-art performance with optimized data formats

>45 years of experience in vehicle diagnostics 

>100,000 installations in the market of test and diagnostic systems

Detailed, in-depth data acquisition and analysis

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