Automotive Newsletter

March 2017

Newsletter March 2017

Guided Test: Parking sensors

Pico's brand new accessory, the TA329 Ultrasonic parking sensor detector, will become available on our website this April. To support this, we have created a new Guided Test explaining how to use this accessory. 

"The purpose of this test is to evaluate the operation of Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors (referred to as parking sensors) with Pico Technology’s Ultrasonic parking sensor detector."


Go to Guided Test >

New stable build – PicoScope 6.12.7 released

New Features in PicoScope 6 Automotive:
  • Serial Decoding – UI improvements
  • Serial Decoding – Packet Fields integration
  • Serial Decoding – Table performance improvements
  • Added CAN FD Serial Decoder
  • Added pop-up notifications
  • Redesigned channel overrange warning
  • Improved handling of mismatched PicoScope .psdata files
  New Features in PicoDiagnostics NVH:
  • OBD PID data can be logged in parallel with vibration data
  • Filter improvements
  • Up to 64 harmonic markers can be added
  • Microphone playback now combines all channels in view into a single audio channel


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This month, we are launching some new accessories, including the Sykes-Pickavant male to male adaptor and Sykes-Pickavant right-angle adaptor, both are Rectus-21 accessories for the WPS500X Low pressure fuel kit. We also have our Pico trolley stickers now available, so you can give your workstation a Pico makeover.

You can find all our new items in the Products section of our website.
We also have a brand new accessory (as featured in our Guided Test), the TA329 Ultrasonic parking sensor detector, a handy tool to prove the correct operation of each of the ultrasonic parking sensors in turn. By directly showing the strength of the signal from a given sensor, it can also be used to identify problems with the masking of sensors due to the installation of aftermarket accessories such as tow bars or lights.
Read more about the TA329 >

Best of the web

Frank Massey's Top ten tests with PicoScope: Test 10
Pico and Frank Massey of ADS Limited bring you Frank's tenth and final test in his "Top ten tests with PicoScope" series. This month Frank discusses the function of DPFs, and the ways to investigate and test them.
Watch the video >
Join Eric O at the South Main Auto shop as he uses PicoScope to track down a secondary ignition problem on a misfiring Hyundai Sonata (with the 2.7 V6 engine). Reading secondary ignition waveforms is an art-form in itself, something Eric explains he is looking forward to learning more about as time goes on.
Watch the video >

Focus piece: Diesel glow plug adaptor kit

Pico's Phil Rutt gives an overview of our Diesel glow plug adaptor kit:

"We have been using the WPS500X pressure transducer kit for eight years now, and we are always thinking about new accessories to use and tests to perform to gain information about the engine’s efficiency and performance ..."
Read the complete Focus piece >


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

Software releases

Our latest software releases are available as free downloads. To check which release you are using, start the software and select Help > About.

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