PicoScope Automotive

PicoScope Automotive is the powerful software package that turns your PC into a Diagnostic Oscilloscope when used with a PicoScope device. PicoScope has been designed to make it easy for you to diagnose vehicle faults. Packed with features such as automated measurements and the ability to save and print waveforms, PicoScope Automotive is the ultimate tool for your diagnostic arsenal.

With the free PicoDiagnostics software you can also test batteries, alternators, starter motors, and wiring and perform a very quick Engine Health Check to confirm correct running of the engine, or point to problems requiring investigation. Professional reports allow you to show your customer what you have checked, and any problems you have found.

Download the free software today, which will run in demo mode without a Scope attached, allowing you to explore the capability and see how PicoScope can benefit your business and customers.

PicoScope Automotive

Waveform Library

PicoScope Automotive now includes a fantastic feature that allows the Pico Community to benefit from each other’s experience. The Waveform Library Browser enables you to search a global data base of waveforms uploaded by PicoScope users from around the world.

Rotation Rulers

Rotation rulers in PicoScope Automotive help to measure the timing of a cyclic waveform on a scope view. Instead of measuring relative to the trigger point, as time rulers do, rotation rulers measure relative to the start and end of a time interval that you specify. Measurements may be shown in degrees, percent or a custom unit as selected by the Ruler settings box.

A new level of performance

PicoScope Automotive diagnostic software offers a new level of performance: along with faster data processing and improved support for the latest USB Diagnostic Oscilloscopes, faster capture rates make it easier for you to see fast-moving signals.

Never miss that elusive problem waveform

No more having to stop the scope as soon as you notice a fault: the waveform buffer in PicoScope Automotive can hold multiple waveforms in memory, allowing you to stop the scope and then review up to 10,000 previously captured waveforms.

Control capture rates

PicoScope Automotive allows you to reduce the number of data frames per second that your scope captures. This can help to conserve valuable power when your laptop is running on batteries.

Professional printouts

With both colour and black and white printing modes, printed waveforms look professional — making them easy to work with and ideal for showing to your customers.

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Custom Probes

With PicoScope Automotive software there is no need to create a custom range every time you want to add a new probe or sensor. The Custom Probes feature lets you quickly add a new probe or sensor with an easy–to–use wizard.

Powerful features

Version 6 of PicoScope Automotive includes smarter and more powerful features than previous versions. As well as the ones described above, other features include:

  • Multiple views of the same data, with individual zoom, pan and filter settings for each view
  • Organise the data views however you want with the power of drag–and–drop
  • Zoom–in to a point of interest quickly with the intuitive point–and–click zoom controls
  • Specify a delay between the trigger and start of the capture directly in units of time

Good looks. Good design.

We all know that no matter how good software looks and how many features it has, it’s useless if it isn’t easy to use. We listened to what you — the users — told us and designed PicoScope Automotive to both look good and be as easy to use as possible:

  • Draggable rulers make it easier to move traces apart.
  • Clear graphics and text together with the ability to enlarge font sizes on measurements means that the screen is easier to read — even from a distance.
  • Tooltips appear when you hover your mouse over a control, making it easy to understand what everything does.
  • Point–and–click tools make panning and zooming quick and easy.
  • User–configurable toolbars let you position the controls where you want them.

The fast and easy way to diagnose faults

Using PicoScope Automotive is both fast and easy. Simply select the sensor or circuit to be tested and the software will automatically load the required settings and give you full details of how to connect the scope, along with advice on what the waveform should look like and general technical information on the component/system being tested.

PicoScope 6

PicoScope Automotive diagnostic software includes over 127 different reference topics on vehicle components and systems, and there’s nothing to stop you from adding topics for your own specific vehicle tests.

Language support

The table below shows the languages currently supported in PicoScope Automotive.

PicoScope Automotive Language Support
Full support English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Español
Menus and dialogs only
(user manuals and help files will be installed in English)
中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), Čeština, Dansk, suomi, Ελληνικά, Magyar, 한국어, 日本語, Norsk, Polski, Português, română, Русский, Svenska, Türkçe


The next generation
of Automotive PicoScopes
is here.