30 Sep '15, 3pm

On the Matter of Volkswagen, and Cheating Benchmarks

On the Matter of Volkswagen, and Cheating Benchmarks

You have probably heard about the latest cheating debacle where Volkswagen made its diesel cars look good by changing the engine’s run-time profile when emission tests (aka benchmarks) were running. This allowed the engine to pass the test even though it was generating more emissions during normal driving. This allowed the cars to deliver better gas mileage and performance, but not at the rated emissions. In other words, Volkswagen was cheating and they got caught. The results will be expensive and annoying—not just to the company but also stockholders, car owners, and the public in general that has to live with more pollution. Sadly the ones that should really be hurt are unlikely to spend time in jail or owe money. The CEO of Volkswagen has left with a golden parachute and a new CEO is attempting to pick up the pieces. Related Content Interview: Markus Levy Discusses the...

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