The Volkswagen ODIS software used to diagnose and update vehicles would normally have to be purchased directly from Volkswagen under the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act and would be out of reach of many programs.
The automaker indicated the selected schools will also collaborate with local dealerships to provide supplemental assistance and instruction on the donated equipment.
Darin Lewis, an automotive instructor at Ohio’s Medina County Career Center, says the Volkswagen Atlas and software will be the newest vehicle in his school’s training fleet by a decade.
“It goes far beyond donating a physical car. With the technology, they are providing their entry-level curriculum,” Lewis said. “I look back when I was in school and you were either a Ford guy or a Chevy guy. Those days are long gone.
“To have something that’s the latest and greatest out there – and to be able to show students, ‘This is where the industry is headed’ — is important,” Lewis went on to say.
VW announcement comes on the heels of several dealership groups with a presence in Pennsylvania collaborating with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Exton, Pa.