The VCM II scantool is the new diagnostics interface from Mazda for use with the Integrated Diagnostics Software (IDS Software (Mazda)). The VCM II scan tool and IDS, along with a dedicated laptop, provides full dealer diagnostic capabilities for most 16 pin Mazdas. A fantastic new function of the VCM 2 is its ability to communicate wirelessly with your laptop or computer without any hardware or software upgrades. This allows technicians to work on vehicles remotely while the VCM II is connected directly to the vehicle.
The VCM II will be required for some 2013 and newer Mazda vehicles and is backwards compatible with most 16 pin Mazdas. It supports the Vehicle Measurement Module (VMM) and new Customer Flight Recorder (CFR). The VCM II has shock resistant rubber ends, making it suitable for garage and workshop environments.
The CFR replaces the Vehicle Data Recorder (VDR). The CFR is an optional cable that allows the VCM II to monitor and record live data streams. This provides an advantage for technicians when diagnosing intermittent problems.
The Mazda VCM II & the Ford VCM-II (Rotunda) have the same tool hardware, however the firmware is flash specifically for each vendor and can no longer switched back and forth as was the case in previous versions.