Detecting Drive Cycles/Ready States for smog inspections

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After I have fixed an issue and turned off the Check Engine light, the car cannot pass an emissions test until it has completed a certain number of "drive cycles." This may require driving at various speeds over a certain number of miles.

It would be tremendously helpful if Automatic can detect when the vehicle has completed its Drive Cycles. Can it do that?
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Hi Jim! At this time, Automatic cannot detect when your vehicle has completed its drive cycles. Currently, Automatic can only read and interpret generically formatted engine codes. This is a great idea though, so I'm going to change this topic from a "Question" to an "Idea."

I was actually in the same circumstance recently (a faulty sensor on a glow plug ended up being the cause of my headache), but every visit to the smog test center induced the fear of not passing.


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This is the first thing I searched for when hearing about the product. There are so many people who face this issue I am confident it would attract many consumers.
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Thanks for chiming in, James! It's good to know that there's still some interest in a drive cycle detection feature.
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I would be very interested in this feature, even if it meant an in app purchase to get the functionality.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Add ability to read state emissions readiness.


I think a good addition would be to add the ability to read if the computer is ready for state emissions checks, as you can in the higher OBD ii scanners.
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Thanks for the idea Nick, and I agree! This feature could potentially save you from an unnecessary trip to the smog (re)testing center.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled 2006 CR-V won't pass smog due to battery dying (computer memory erased) - can Aut....

I have a car that won't pass smog because the battery died, and the computer is saying that it doesn't have a long enough history to pass smog inspection report.

I've read online that you can drive around for a while to populate this memory, but I don't just want to waste gas driving forever.

If I can get Automatic in there, will it tell me when my car computer has enough history to pass smog? 
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sounds like not yet, but we should get this going... i'm probably going to spend the cost of automatic driving my car around in circles and paying to get it resmogged
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That's correct. At this time, detecting drive cycles isn't a feature of Automatic, but it's under consideration.

Let me know if you have any other questions and best of luck in passing inspection.
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I did a bit of research on this... there's no universal information about what is "enough" history to pass the test, but one source said if you drive about 40-50 mph for 20 miles, and somewhere in there accelerate from 0 to 50+ a few times, that should* give you enough history to pass the test.

However it depends on the car's OBD software, and the software used to perform the test. All bets are off if your check engine light is on... some sources say you have to have driven a certain number of miles with that light off, regardless of whether the light indicates an emissions problem.

* - I'm not a mechanic, don't pretend to be one, don't pretend to be an expert at smog tests either. Just a curious car-owner.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled OBD-II Ready States.

Retrieve the OBD-II ready states in advance of going to DEQ. Would be great to know if after resetting an engine light, the OBD-II tests are in a ready state for DEQ. If they're not ready, you'll be turned away and have to come back later. Since Automatic has access to these already, it would be cool to have a diagnostics page where at least what they see at the DEQ is available for Automatic users (if not more information).
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Thanks for the idea, Jeremy. Please see the above posts for more information on this feature request.
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Thanks Tom! Looks like we all have different ideas for a title :)
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Yep! I also had to Google "DEQ" before merging that post. It looks like you might be located in the state of Oregon :)
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You sir are psychic.  Here I thought it was a national department :)  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled drive cycle.

I want to be able to check if I completed a drive cycle after I turn the check engine light off.

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