06430485 is referenced by 36 patents.
An apparatus and a method of evaluating vehicle electrical control systems implements a base evaluation and programming station by an appropriately programmed portable computer. A wireless network communication interface is connected to the base evaluation and programming station. Vehicles may then be brought into the general vicinity of the base station. The electrical control system for each vehicle brought into range for testing may be temporarily attached to a transferable wireless node including a wireless communication interface and two way data staging element. Thereupon an ad hoc network is established with individual communication links between the wireless communication interface connected to the base evaluation and programming station and each transferable wireless communication interface.