Networkcar, Inc. announced Jan. 10 that its CAReader device has been approved for use in the first remote smog check pilot program to be implemented in the United States. The State of California has approved the Continuous Testing Pilot Program (CTP). The program allows remote smog checks to be conducted using Networkcar's CAReader. Drivers and fleet managers enrolled in the program will be able to monitor their vehicles and keep them running clean without visiting an inspection facility.

Networkcar's CAReader is an aftermarket telematics device that sends information on a car's vital signs over a wireless network to car owners and to the automotive service provider of the customer's choice. About the size of a cellular telephone, the CAReader is compatible with about 80 million vehicles on the road today, according to Networkcar. It is quickly installed using a standard communications port on all 1996 and newer cars and light and medium duty trucks, and operates maintenance-free for the life of the vehicle. The CAReader collects detailed diagnostic information on vehicle's emissions system, electrical system, engine performance, and fuel system. A Global Positioning System (GPS) allows stolen vehicle recovery, smart roadside assistance and enables car owners to locate their family vehicles through a web page.

To enroll in the CTP program, a driver must have a Networkcar CAReader. CAReaders are available now at a limited number of Southern California automotive dealerships and will be available soon nationally. If no problems are detected, the driver does not need to take their vehicle to an inspection facility for testing because the system remotely and continuously monitors the vehicle's emissions status, according to Networkcar. If an emissions problem is detected, that illuminates the Check Engine light, the driver will receive an e-mail message describing the specific nature of the malfunction. The emissions problem will also be posted on the driver's Networkcar web page. Once a driver is notified of an emissions problem, they will be required to have their vehicle repaired within 45 days. After the vehicle is repaired, there is no need to do anything further because Networkcar's system automatically validates the repair process. If a driver does not have their vehicle repaired within 45 days, they will be removed from the pilot program, the DMV will be notified and their vehicle will be placed back in the traditional physical inspection program.

"Networkcar is pleased to be working with the State of California on this groundbreaking pilot program. Networkcar's technology will save time and reduce costs for the driving public and will promote a cleaner environment," said Charles Myers, Networkcar Chief Executive Officer.

Networkcar, Inc. is a provider of services for monitoring the performance, location, and security of consumer and fleet vehicles. According to Networkcar, with the service, car owners simplify maintenance, save time and reduce costs with advanced preventive maintenance and early problem detection.

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