DrewTech introduces RAP® (Remote Assisted Programming)

Drew Technologies, subsidiary of Opus Inspection, Inc., announces release of its Remote Assisted Programming (RAP) system. The RAP system consists of a self-contained hardware kit and remote service that allows any independent repair shop to update software in a car’s computer system(s) during service or when replacing parts. This system brings the same dealership capabilities to independent repair shops, while removing the burden of training and up front equipment expense.

Modern vehicles often require software updates or reprogramming during repair. In many cases, when an electronic control module (ECM), transmission, or other electronic part is replaced, new software must be installed in the car’s computer system(s). In 1998 Drew Technologies began working with the SAE and automakers to develop a standard for vehicle reprogramming (SAE J2534). Drew Technologies released the first J2534 tool in the market in 2002.  In a recent survey conducted by ETI, Drew Technologies was identified as the leader in market share and customer satisfaction for J2534 tools.

Technicians are challenged to keep up with pace with tools, training, and experience required to service all brands of vehicles. Often technicians are turning down repair jobs that require reprogramming because they aren’t equipped, or have concerns that lack of training and experience could lead to difficulties completing the repair. Drew Technologies has always offered training and support to assist technicians, but now provides a new Option with the RAP system.

The RAP system was designed as a turn-key remote solution that can be used by any technician, regardless of experience.  Drew Technologies developed a hardware kit that consists of a J2534 device, PC, internet connection, battery maintainer, Flash software for each supported automaker, and a remote interface to Drew Tech’s experts. The service includes a success guarantee, so if the reprogramming fails, Drew Technologies will take care of it. There is no up-front cost for technicians to lease the kit. A small fee is charged each time the remote service is utilized, along with a $19.95 monthly fee that is waived if the kit is used at least twice per month.

“Every day we have customers successfully reprogram cars all over the world using our J2534 tools. But the introduction of this RAP system provides access to a whole new group of technicians that need the capability to reprogram cars but don’t have the tools, training, or confidence. The RAP system will give them immediate access, a per-use fee structure, and a success guarantee.” says Brian Herron, President of Drew Technologies.

The RAP system leverages success from other Drew Technologies J2534 products and its industry leading technical support team, while incorporating over a decade’s worth of intellectual property with several patent(s) pending. The system has been in testing by repair shops and automakers since March of 2016 with hundreds of successful reprogramming events completed.

Drew Technologies at SEMA / APPEX 2015

Drew Technologies attended the 2015 SEMA show again this year to show off our overall product offering, but especially, our NEW MongoosePro Honda and NEW CarDAQ-Plus 2.

The MongoosePro Honda provides full Honda dealership-level reprogramming and diagnostics with their J2534 PassThru ECU Programming application and Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) application respectively.

The CarDAQ-Plus 2 supports all-makes OEM reprogramming and dealership-level diagnostics, including: BMW (ISTA), GM (Tech2Win & GDS2), Honda (HDS), Jaguar/Land Rover (IDS), Toyota (TechStream), VW/Audi (ODIS) and Volvo (VIDA).

Automotive experts stopped by the booth to see and talk about these products as well as exciting industry topics coming our way, such as: Right To Repair, future technologies and more. If you missed the show or just didn’t have enough time to stop by, feel free to contact us and we would be happy to talk.

At the end of the show, we gave away a new, 40″ flat-screen TV to Nani Medeiros! Congratulations Nani!

Drew Technologies joins Opus Group

By our 19th anniversary in July, we will have come a long way. When Drew Technologies started, it was a one person company with just Mike Drew consulting to car companies. At that time, OBD2 had just been rolled out on 1996 model year cars and a “high-speed” vehicle bus was running at 10.4 Kbps.

Over the years we have been at the forefront of many changes in vehicle technology and have played a key role in the way diagnostic products are delivered to technicians. As a company, we have carefully but consistently grown to become a global supplier of essential diagnostic tools to car companies and the aftermarket.

Just last year alone:

  • Our engineering team developed several new products including the market-leading California certified vehicle inspection tool and the Motor Magazine Top 20 winning Mongoose interface.
  • Our support team responded to over 14,000 calls without compromising the personal attention and care that gave us a #1 customer satisfaction rank in a recent ETI survey.
  • Our production team shipped over 30,000 products while maintaining industry leading quality.

Today, we begin the next chapter by joining the Opus Group. Drew Technologies believes this strategic move will help us continue to grow and expand our capabilities allowing us to broaden our markets and execute even larger programs. Opus recognized the value that Drew Technologies expertise in vehicle communications and OBD experience will bring to the group. Drew Technologies will continue to run as a separate company, preserving our focus on our existing markets and customers while providing a broad base of support for new and exciting opportunities through collaboration with Opus.

While the ownership is changing today at Drew Technologies, the team and company mission are not. Drew Technologies will continue to press forward delivering OE diagnostics solutions to car dealerships and the aftermarket. All of the Drew Technologies senior management is staying because we have a passion for what we do.

We look forward to an exciting future as part of the Opus Group.

J2534 Diagnostics Webcast with GM, Toyota, and VW

Tonight PTEN will host a webcast on diagnostics systems that support J2534. Presenters include:

Brian Herron – Drew Tech
Bob Stewart – GM
Jill Saunders – Toyota
Kurt Immekus – Volkswagen
Bob Augustine – CBAC
Skip Potter – NASTF

Over 1,000 participants have already signed up. To watch the webcast and participate in the live Q/A at the end, visit this link:



MongooseVW wins Motor Top 20 award

The MongoosePro VW from Drew Technologies was awarded the Motor Magazine Top tool 2014 award. The MongoosePro VW works with ODIS software from Volkswagen, and gives aftermarket technicians the same capabilities as dealerships including Diagnostics, Reprogramming, and locksmith functions.

DrewTech completes BAR-OIS BETA

DrewTech has finished beta testing, and is now waiting for BAR to complete the certification paperwork. I’d like to thank all of our BETA testers that did an absolutely awesome job!

For those that were not following the BETA process, we had a fantastic team of BETA stations that included a mix of of the biggest and best in the state. Since BETA started in December, they have tested over 100,000 cars with the wired and wireless versions of our IMclean DAD. Some built their own PC setup, while others used a Banalogic or ESP system that included the IMclean DAD.

While we would have loved to finish first, that was not our #1 priority. We instead took the opportunity to make sure that the product we were testing in BETA was bug free and ready for prime time. I’m extremely happy to see that we reached the end with a product that has proven successful and our team still meet the finish line within a week of the fastest DAD vendor.

If you have a DrewTech IMclean, Banalogic Kisok, or ESP solution we’re now getting ready to begin activations. Please be sure your DAD disclosure agreement was sent in.

If you are still on the fence as to which DAD device to buy, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk it thru with you.