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As we move towards a greener future, the automotive industry is under constant pressure to reduce its impact on the environment. One key aspect of this is reducing the emissions produced by vehicles. Smog checks are a crucial part of ensuring that vehicles meet environmental regulations and are safe for the environment. As technology continues to advance, so too does the future of smog checks. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the trends and innovations in the field of smog checks.

One major trend is the shift towards remote sensing devices. These devices use lasers to analyze the emissions produced by vehicles as they drive by, providing a more accurate assessment of emissions than traditional smog checks. This technology is already being used in some areas, such as in California’s Enhanced Remote Sensing Program, and is expected to become more widely adopted in the coming years.

Another trend is the use of onboard diagnostics (OBD) systems. OBD systems are built into modern vehicles and provide real-time information on emissions and other factors that affect a vehicle’s performance. As these systems become more advanced, they will be able to provide even more detailed information about emissions and help identify potential issues before they become major problems.

In addition to these trends, there are also a number of innovations being developed in the field of smog checks. For example, researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada are working on a new type of smog check that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze emissions data and identify potential issues. The goal of this research is to develop a more efficient and accurate smog check process that can help reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Other innovations include the development of new testing methods that use infrared cameras to detect emissions, as well as the use of machine learning algorithms to analyze emissions data and identify patterns that could indicate potential issues.

As we look towards the future of smog checks, it’s clear that there are many exciting trends and innovations on the horizon. Whether it’s remote sensing devices, onboard diagnostics, or AI-powered analysis, these technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we assess emissions and ensure that vehicles are safe for the environment. As always, AB Smog Check is committed to staying on top of these trends and providing our customers with the most advanced and efficient smog check services available.


  1. California Air Resources Board. Enhanced Remote Sensing Program. (2021, February 23).
  2. National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Onboard Diagnostics. (n.d.).
  3. University of Waterloo. Researchers develop AI-powered method for detecting emissions anomalies in vehicles. (2021, February 9).