Sensor's Inc. is pleased to announce that we have received our RDE Package 2 post processing software (SENSOR Tech-CT LDV Package 2 Build 17) certification from TUV Nord. To achieve this certification, comparisons were made between the latest EMROAD and CLEAR programs as well as TUV's own proprietary tool. TUV concluded that the SENSOR Tech-CT results matched well with these other programs on RDE test files from both gasoline and diesel powered vehicles. In addition to weighted emissions results, trip dynamics and trip validity calculations were compared and validated as well. A complete report is available together with the TUV certificate upon request.
Packages one and two, which have been enacted, are described as follows:
1. Voted on in May 2015 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union in March 2016, the first package includes the basic features of the RDE test, such as characterization of the RDE trip, the vehicle family concept, description of data evaluation tools, technical requirement of the PEMS equipment, and reporting obligations.
2. The second package, voted on in October 2015 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union in April 2016, includes more political outcomes, such as the determination of the conformity factors and the timetable for RDE implementation. Technical features include the introduction of dynamic boundary conditions and a limit for altitude gain together with a detailed approach to calculating it.
Sensors, Inc. had earlier received TUV certification for its SEMTECH LDV portable emissions measurement system as meeting all requirements for gas analyzers, sensors, and instruments for exhaust flow measurement of the guidelines and regulations as described in Commission Regulation (EU) 2016-427 of 10 March 2016, implementing and amending Regulation (EC) 692/2008.
Additional post processing packages (Packages 3 and 4) are in the pipeline, and as they are validated and promulgated, Sensors, Inc. will promptly move to certify those packages as well.
3. Voted on in December 2016, the third package includes the introduction of particulate number measurement along with a conformity factor of 1.5. The package also features specific legislative provisions for hybrids and a procedure to include cold starts and regeneration events in the RDE test.
4. The fourth package, still in the preliminary stages, is expected to cover in-service compliance and surveillance tests along with specific provisions for light commercial vehicles (vans).