Over the past few months, you might have read some news bulletins stating information about locked ECU’s in brand new BMW and MINI models produced from roughly the end of June 2020. These issues are connected to newly developed and manufactured Bosch MEVD and MG1 ECUs, which were installed in these models on production lines at BMW plants.
Tuning specialists across the world have faced the issue that models and their onboard computers produced on BMW platforms cannot be accessed anymore, therefore no longer ECU remapped or tuned. According to insiders, the information that surfaced across a wide variety of BMW and MINI models could potentially affect all Bosch Tricore platforms that are currently being manufactured.
The reason for the update is connected to improved security for autonomous driving and other driving assistance features and keeping hackers away from potentially intervening with the vehicle’s systems. The lock has been introduced in the bootloader of the ECU and is implemented on processor level, which means that “bench unlocking” with direct access on the ECU is no longer possible.
The outcome of this situation means for newly manufactured cars that the following options are no longer possible:
The following information has so far been found:
Unfortunately, this isn’t great news for our customers and future owners that have ordered a new vehicle that is destined to arrive or has already arrived over the last few months. Together with our partners, we are looking into possible solutions for the situation that has arisen. We hope a solution will be found soon, but we feel that it won’t be solved within a matter of weeks.
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