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Laser technology developed at NASA may be part of the car's exhaust system. The system was originally designed for satellites so they could detect chemicals in the Earth's atmosphere. Technologically - Low Temperature Oxidation Catalysts (LTOC), oxidizing catalysts at low temperatures, will soon be commercially possible.
The system was developed at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The LTOC technology is supposed to reduce pollutant emissions from vehicles by approximately 30 percent. Most modern vehicles are equipped with catalytic converters that treat emissions before they leave the car. Current technology requires the exhaust to reach high temperatures before the catalytic converter starts operating.
According to Dr. Jeff Jordan, manager of the LTOC team at Langley, the new converters start operating at low temperatures or almost immediately after starting the vehicle.
LTOC converters solve some of the problems of current converters, Jordan said. When you start the car for the first time in the morning, especially if you live in a cold area, your catalytic converter is cold and all the pollution emitted from the vehicle immediately goes out into the environment and pollutes it."
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