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Smart cars by 2010

The Road Transport Ministry issued a notification earlier this month making it mandatory to have on-board diagnostic systems on all cars manufactured after April 1 2010. For heavy vehicles, the notification will be applicable from 2013, reports Chetan Chauhan.

delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2009 14:28 IST
Chetan Chauhan

After April 2010, your car instrument panel will beep every time emission of your vehicle crosses the stipulated level or any part develops a snag.

The Road Transport Ministry issued a notification earlier this month making it mandatory to have on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems on all cars manufactured after April 1 2010. For heavy vehicles, the notification will be applicable from 2013.

In an attempt to enforce Bharat Stage-IV emission levels for 11 air-polluted cities, including Delhi and Mumbai, and Bharat Stage III levels for entire India from April 1 2010, the Road Transport Ministry said the devices will track emission performance of the vehicle like in Europe.

“If the emission goes above the prescribed level for the vehicle, the driver will get a continuous alert,” said Centre for Science and Environment associate director Anumita Roy Choudhary.

The OBD will also mean an end of the regime of getting your vehicle checked for emission levels every three months.

“The emission alarm will tell you to get your vehicle serviced or else be ready to get prosecuted for driving a polluting vehicle,” said a Road transport ministry official, who was not willing to be quoted. “All information about the vehicle emission and why the levels has risen will be available on the instrument panel,” he added.

The OBD will also have a capability to identify the likely area of malfunction in the vehicle by means of fault codes feeded in the computer memory.

Like hi-end luxury cars, the instrument panel will also inform you whenever the tyre pressure is below or above the prescribed standard for the vehicle or if there is puncture.