A Knoxville startup says it has the answer to remote vehicle emissions testing, a technology that’s drawing more interest since the Volkswagen scandal.

“More people are realizing that real-world emission data is very important and that is something that we need to have,” says Yolla Hager, president of Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies. “We’re hearing more about that, which is great because right now the way a lot of the states measure is OBD only — on board device.”

Those devices can be circumvented in a variety of ways, from software tricks used by Volkswagen to aftermarket products installed to produce cleaner readings.

HEAT last year introduced its Emissions Detection and Reporting system, or EDAR, an eye-safe laser-based camera installed over roads to capture emissions data of vehicles passing underneath in real-time.

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