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Z06 Potential Patents

As we get ready for the Z06’s debut sometime in the next year, IMO time to brush up on the 23 GM C8 patents — many of which are Z06 potentials: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...alized-patents
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End of Certain Aftermarket Products

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    Originally posted by MSN Autos
    EPA Fines Tuning Company $300,000 for Producing and Selling Emissions Defeat Devices

    Brian Evans

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    The EPA and Department of Justice have reached a settlement with Derive Systems, maker of "Bully Dog" and "SCT" tuning software, over the manufacturing of emissions defeat devices found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act. Derive will have to pay a fine of $300,000 on top of spending $6.25 million to bring the company and its tuning products up to standards.

    The EPA stated that Derive sold products for multiple years that could be used to change the engine tuning on gasoline and diesel cars and trucks. The engine tuners sold by Derive allowed owners to access and overwrite the vehicles stock software, which could be used to defeat emissions controls such as diesel particulate filters, exhaust gas recirculation, catalytic converters, and other systems.

    The EPA put other tuning companies on notice in their settlement as well. Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance said: “Manufacturers and sellers of automotive emissions control defeat devices should stand up and take notice of this settlement. EPA will protect air quality by vigorously enforcing the Clean Air Act’s prohibition on these devices.”

    As a result of the settlement, Derive will stop introducing new noncompliant tuners and will retrofit existing tuners to comply with the Clean Air Act. All new and existing tuners offered for sale must demonstrate that the use of the tuner will not increase vehicle emissions. Derive must limit access to emission control parameters in its tuning software and create a verification program for the custom tuning software, which includes training about vehicle functions, emission controls, and the Clean Air Act requirements. Derive must stop any marketing campaigns that would provide information on defeating emission controls and work with its distributors to prevent the packaged sale of its tuners with defeat devices.

    “For decades, Americans have worked hard to significantly reduce harmful emissions from cars and trucks," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Justice Department. "Tremendous progress has been made and the air is much cleaner today across the nation. Unfortunately, not everyone is playing by the rules. Today’s settlement will bring Derive Systems and its aftermarket products into compliance with the Clean Air Act, and demonstrates to other manufacturers that products designed to unlawfully thwart vehicle emissions control systems will not be tolerated."
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  • #2
    Big brother is coming for us! A good friend of mine spend 2 years in jail for tuning grey market cars. Sadly it was his GM that was doing it, but he was the owner of the business, so off he went. Smart guy, but just didn’t know what was going on in his business. At the time, he was also doing emissions development work for the California emissions control board. Sad deal, bankrupt and divorced.
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    • #3
      I was "coal rolled" in my C7. Not nice. Fortunately the local cops around here ticket folks doing that.

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      • #4
        Racer86..sorry for your friend..

        thats a brutal end result of owning a business.


        • #5
          I’ve wondered if this was coming some day. I don’t like being choked by diesel pickups either but I imagine the percentage that are tuned is fairly small. Yes seems like a lot around here but plenty that aren’t
          Definitely will make it scarier for tuner device companies to sell a product. I grew up in the age where things like this didn’t exist, kind of sad to see but things do change.
          There is a madness to my method!

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          • #6
            My friends story in post #2 was 30 years ago. So nothing new about the Fed inforcing their law. I also had another friend that was a state smog inspector. They would disable smog items on their personal cars ( which is illegal) and take them for testing at various shops in California. If the shop passed the car, they would hand out huge fines. My “ friend “ thought this was funny.. this stuff has been going on for years.
            revenue enhancement law enforcement. Apparently, we give them the power to do this to us.

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