Welcome to Ricardo's vehicle emissions remote-sensing blog

Welcome to Ricardo's vehicle emissions remote-sensing blog

Ricardo’s database surpasses 250,000 vehicles

23 May 2018

After extensive on-road emissions testing, Ricardo has measured its 250,000th vehicle.

23 May 2018
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Emissions deterioration - the Cinderella of vehicle emissions measurement

21 March 2018

We explore how pollutant emissions change as vehicle age and/or mileage increases

21 March 2018
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Higher wintertime emissions?

11 December 2017

As we head into deepest winter, it is worth thinking about how lower air temperatures affect air quality

11 December 2017
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Diesel particulate filters: proving success?

17 August 2017

David Carslaw explains how remote emissions monitoring opens a unique window into the performance of diesel particulate filter

17 August 2017
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The joy of (Euro) six

16 October 2017

As cities look to tackle the harm caused by air pollution, much hangs on the real-world emissions performance of Euro 6 / VI vehicles.

16 October 2017
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The vexing issue of primary NO2 emissions

05 June 2017

If we are to develop effective pollution mitigation policy, we need to understand the influence of primary NO2 on total ambient NO2 concentrations.

05 June 2017
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Measuring real-world driving emissions: the first results

09 May 2017

Welcome to the first post on our new real-world driving emissions remote sensing blog!

09 May 2017
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What is remote sensing?

Remote sensing technologies allow the accurate measurement of vehicle emissions under actual real-world driving conditions.  Thousands of vehicles can be assessed, in a short space of time, without interfering with the vehicles whose emissions are being measured.

Systems are typically configured to measure emissions of nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and ammonia. Bespoke measurement campaigns are designed to explore real-world vehicle emissions, at locations ranging from a single road links up to city scale fleet assessments, in order to inform the design of low-emission policies.

Ricardo’s database of vehicle emissions provides unique insight into real-world vehicle emissions performance. Our emission data are matched to individual vehicle characteristics, such as manufacturer, model, engine type, age and mileage to identify their respective contributions to emissions.  The database also provides valuable insights into the impact that environmental factors, such as ambient temperature and driving conditions, have on real-world vehicle emissions.

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To find out more about how remote sensing vehicle emissions can support you to better understand real-driving emissions, supporting the design and monitoring of low-emissions policies, contact David Carslaw at david.carslaw@ricardo.com, or download our supporting documentation below. 

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Champions of our air

Champions of our air

Ricardo’s Air quality experts explain how excessive oxides of nitrogen (NOx... Download
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Airborne particle measurement centre capability statement

Airborne particle measurement centre capability statement

Providing governments and businesses around world robust and rigorous airborne... Download
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Real-world driving emissions monitoring

Real-world driving emissions monitoring

This capability statement provides an overview of the technology and supporting... Download
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