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impactnow
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9/30/2015 | 5:48:06 PM
Re: Independent testing

 

I think if they were that determined to do something illegal they probably would have just found a way to surpass that test as well. The issue lies in the integrity of the management and their sense of a fiduciary relationship to their customers and their shareholders.

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9/29/2015 | 12:44:27 PM
Independent testing
I agree with making sure the people at the top are not only relieved of their positions but also without the customary golden parachute. VW is in real trouble and I'm not sure it's going to ba able to recover anytime soon. I hope this kind of thing acts as a wake up call so the EPA can demand the money required from the manufactures to test the cars instead of having them do their own tests and 'report back' I doubt they would have felt as comfortable with this type of idea if an outside source was the one doing the testing.
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9/29/2015 | 11:51:17 AM
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Sane IT sadly I am sure you are correct. I am glad the CEO as released since this type of issue needs accountability at the highest levels. I am not sure it will change the type of mindset that gave the okay to this software but hopefully it will make someone think twice. Golden parachutes should be null and void in the case of gross negligence.

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9/29/2015 | 8:33:37 AM
Re: DRM and deception
I like your optimism but I think that this software was developed because it was far less expensive, far less time consuming and far easier in many ways than it  is to make a low emission diesel engine that American drivers will be happy with.  Knowing who would be doing the testing and how the tests were run it should not have been a complex problem to solve, when the car was put under the standard testing load with monitoring equipment attached it simply changed the tuning in the ECU/ECM to a cleaner running and less performance minded mapping.  
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9/28/2015 | 1:17:22 PM
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Sadly the time spent devising deceptive software could have been spent fixing the emissions issue. Unless legislation addresses these types of intentional breaches we will see more of them. What a sad situation for owners, investors, and our environment.

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9/28/2015 | 9:29:17 AM
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I was thinking the same thing. This is going to have a domino effect, we will start to hear about other car companies doing the same exact thing (or worse...).
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9/28/2015 | 8:56:09 AM
Re: DRM and deception
I hope this will at least get them to do more (some?) spot checking, and not just for emission testing!
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9/28/2015 | 8:21:43 AM
Re: DRM and deception
@ glenbren, that does sound like the system is setup in a way that allows abuse.  I know it has to be hard to find experts and to test every single vehicle made but you would think some spot checking should be implemented, especially if the states that do emissions testing tend to see a larger number of specific vehicles failing or near failing their tests.
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9/28/2015 | 8:16:26 AM
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I heard that BMW is having similar issues with one of their cars now under the same circumstances.  To me that says the multiple auto makers are playing the same game and it's more normal than we know.  I remember when the TDI Golf and Jetta came out, it was a very big deal that they could built a pleasant to drive clean diesel vehicle. I guess maybe when we hear things that sound too good to be true we shouldn't wait 10 years to look into how they pulled that off.  
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9/24/2015 | 10:22:19 AM
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@glenbren: US regulations can be very effective state wise and can be bypassed using bribing and other things. However EPA's jurisdiction is over the entire EU and then some more.  
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