Tuesday, September 22, 2015

VW caught cheating on cars' emission tests - faces multi-billion dollar suit

Looks like VW is heading into some rough times, and all because a small software trick that it was using to cheat on the emissions tests, giving much lower results than when in normal driving mode.

Over the years we've seen a lot of manufacturers cheat. Graphic card manufacturers tweaked their drivers to improve results on benchmarks; smartphone makers overclocked their devices in some tests; and so on. But never before had a car manufacturer been caught cheating on emissions tests.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency - has found that VW deliberately rigged their cars to cheat emissions tests. During emissions testing, cars are put into a special mode, and VW used that mode to lower its emissions and pass all the tests with flying colors. However, as soon as you drive one of these cars (and it affects millions!) on the street in regular mode, NOx emissions go up well over all the acceptable limits.

VW will have a lot of explaining to do, and they're already putting aside over 7 billion euros to deal with this incident, that will certainly affect their credibility for years to come. Now the hunt is on to find if any other car manufacturer is resorting to similar cheating techniques. It's unbelievable that such a huge car company would resort to this sort of tricks. For the good part, let's hope this serves to promote electric cars even more. (Tesla definitely could use this incident to put out some appropriate ads.) :P

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