1973-02-01

Fitting Automotive Diagnostic Systems into Current Socio-Economics 730208

ABSTRACT

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) safety requirements for cars in use and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) automotive exhaust emission requirements are fostering rapid development of automotive diagnostic inspection technologies.

But automotive diagnostics cannot merely be added to daily life-rather, a careful fitting process into the country's socio-economic vein will be needed to assure constructive and permanent acceptance.

Due to the number of cars on the road, a good half of the massive repair and tuning work to result from diagnostic inspections will have to be performed by the independent garages and gasoline service stations. Thus, diagnostic inspection programs must be designed in a manner which will enable most of the above operators to profitably participate, unless chaos is desired. In addition, the entire market in increased safety and tuning repairs will grow much more rapidly after state motor vehicle inspection differences are eliminated.

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