Scott Brown (right) says a person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional.Neal Hoffman, Mitchell diagnostic collision repair specialist, talks about what tools are currently available to fix today’s semi-autonomous vehicles.Craig Johnson says the new SDRM 2.0 is waiting for you. “View the links we are sending and watch for email from us with directions to migrate your current account.”

Connected Cars Committee reports on Vehicle Security Clearance

Mitchell Diagnostics discusses new diagnostic and calibration equipment for ADAS

El Cajon, Calif.—A report from the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, comprised of ASCCA member shops and National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board members, was part of the association’s first-ever Connected Cars training session at its recent Team Weekend.

“Traditional service opportunities on current vehicles will change as vehicles become more autonomous and move towards more alternative fuels,” said Rob Morrell, director of management and technical training for WORLDPAC (WTI). “We need to identify and pursue the new service opportunities and training, such as the WORLDPAC technical training program that provides advanced level diagnostic training for independent repair technicians, so you can remain relevant to your customers.”

Held at Cuyamaca College, in El Cajon, the daylong training session, lead by Carolyn Coquillette, committee chair, provided an overview of the Connected Cars Committee’s mission, which was formed in 2017 to protect the ability of ASCCA members to do business in California, including safe, secure, and uninterrupted access to vehicle onboard systems, and the required tools to fix them.

“And to ensure ASCCA members stay up to date on this emerging technology with accurate, timely, information on autonomous vehicles, technical training, and guidance on best practices,” she said.

The report included information on the latest connected cars technology, from Fred Gruner of NVIDIA (October’s Parts & People), plus updates from SAE and NASTF, including the new locksmith identification (LSID), now called VSC, and the Security Data Release Module (SDRM).

“A person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional to better align ourselves with what we do,” said participant Scott Brown, president of Diagnostic Network. “Moving forward any shop that performs any kind of programming — keys, immobilizers, or just updating modules — will need to be a VSC.” 

Brown said the SDRM is the process that gets a shop its credentials/license, and suggested reading ASCCA’s Guidance: “Obtaining your Vehicle Security Credentials.”

Craig Johnson, Connected Cars Committee member and NASTF board member representing ASCCA, added, “The new SDRM 2.0 is waiting for you. View the links we are sending and watch for email from us with directions to migrate your current account to SDRM 2.0 and watch the migration video.

The new SDRM portal brings lots of new features to the table, but for most users it will be a major shift in how they do things, Johnson said. And users will be able to perform virtually all functions of managing their account and D1 forms through the web portal, which is also smartphone and tablet friendly.

“D1s will be filled out online and customer signatures can be gathered directly on a phone or tablet. VSPs will find that everything from renewing their credential to handling transactions will be faster and easier,” he added. “Most important, no more manual processing or storing D1s. The SDRM 2.0 will store them with bank level encryption. You will have access to your history within the portal.”


Society of Automotive Engineers

ASCCA participates with certain SAE committees relevant to the Connected Cars issue and general vehicle issues that affect our business, Johnson said.

Two current issues include J3138 Document - Passed and Issued, which is related to securing the DLC. This action dictates how the auto manufacturer embeds software, hardware, and firmware that do not allow access to an unauthorized party to “hack,” steal and maliciously take control of the vehicle. J4146 Document Task Force further describes how software, hardware, and firmware works to secure the DLC during testing, diagnosing and third-party dongles installed on a vehicle and how to secure them.


New ADAS calibration equipment

Neal Hoffman, Mitchell diagnostic collision repair specialist, addressed an important question on many members’ minds: What tools are available now to fix the semi-autonomous vehicles already on the road?

He also presented a discussion and demonstration of the new Mitchell Diagnostics MD-350 diagnostic system, designed specifically for the collision repair and automotive claims process, as well as for mechanical repair shops, and answered questions on its availability and pricing.

“The Connected Cars Committee will put together a member resource on these tools and where they can be purchased,” Coquillette said. 

ASCCA members can stay up to date on the committee’s work by visiting ASCCA Connected Cars webpage at

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