Mark Zachos at the SAE Government/Industry Meeting in Washington, DC

Mark Zachos with SAE CEO
DG Technologies President Mark Zachos attended the SAE Government Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.  

DG Technologies president Mark Zachos was in Washington, D.C., Jan. 16-18, 2024, for the Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) Government/Industry Meeting. Held annually in conjunction with the Washington, DC Auto Show, the SAE forum brings together representatives from regulatory agencies and the auto industry to give them an opportunity to work to find mutual understanding and set industry standards on issues including safety, security, emissions control and energy for future vehicle design.

Zachos, an SAE fellow who is also past president of the Detroit Section of the organization, attended the conference’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Cyber Workshop, which covered the safety and vulnerability of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Participating in the Government/Industry Meeting every year “gives our company insight and understanding where those future regulations might affect our business and our customers, and from that, DG can enhance our products and services,” he said.

Mark Zachos poses in front of the Cybersecurity workshop graphic at SAE.
Mark Zachos at the SAE Cybersecurity Workshop

DG Technologies’ trusted DPA XL and VSI NxGen diagnostic and reprogramming tools are examples of how Zachos’s involvement in events like the Government/Industry Meeting benefit the company as well as the industry.

“From the relationships we build there, I know who’s who in government agencies and they know me and SAE,” said Zachos, who also teaches at University of Detroit Mercy where he helped create and continues to serve as director of the Vehicle Cyber Engineering Lab. “It helps in working together.”

The DPA XL and VSI NxGen both feature DG Technologies’ own CyberGuard cybersecurity protection as well as adhere to J2534, an SAE-designed interface standard that is mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for vehicle electronic control unit (ECU) reprogramming. According to SAE International, this standard “provides the framework to allow reprogramming software applications from all vehicle manufacturers the flexibility to work with multiple vehicle data link interface tools from multiple tool suppliers. This system enables each vehicle manufacturer to control the programming sequence for ECUs in their vehicles, but allows a single set of programming hardware and vehicle interface (tools) to be used to program modules for all vehicle manufacturers.”

Panel of SAE International at the Washington, DC conference in January

With DG Technologies’ work focused on cybersecurity, diagnostics and engineering to benefit the technicians and engineers who use our products, the company continues to emphasize standards participation to help drive the automotive and truck industry forward. In addition to Zachos, several other DG employees are also involved directly with SAE, volunteering their time and expertise to serve on the SAE committees that generate those standards.

Regulations that come out of government, said Zachos, noting NHTSA and truck emissions regulations as examples, “all correspond in some way or another to SAE standards.”

Photo of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
Photo from Mark Zachos of the Washington Monument


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