What vehicle info can I get through my 2013 Highlander usb port? And how?

Asked by Jul 06, 2013 at 12:42 PM about the 2013 Toyota Highlander V6 AWD

Question type: General

I want to get info on the outside air temp (its appears on the dash) and info when windshield wipers are on.  OBD port has engine info, but I want it through the USB port. ANd, you cannot get the outside air temp through the OBD?    Any help appreciated.

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You can get outside air temp through OBD (well actually CAN-bus), but you would need to write your own software to get at it though as it is not a standard parameter for normal diagnostic software. As for getting over USB, that is a totally different kettle of fish, onboard USB is normally only for the audio system and is kept well away from CAN to prevent signal corruption on the CAN-bus which can seriously mess up the car.

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