Steering software drives Audi emission scandal

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, explains why Audi’s transmission software is likely the source of the latest emission cheating allegations.



Wheaton says:

“Audi was caught once again cheating EPA diesel emission rules. This time it was related to the transmission altering performance to reduce emissions if the steering wheel was not moving.

“If the steering wheel stayed relatively stationary the transmission software assumed it was a test and ran clean. If the steering wheel was active it ignored emission savings and switched to a performance mode.

“The CEO of Volkswagen is now also under investigation in Europe for failing to report bad news to save the stock price, which is illegal in Europe. It has not been a good year for VW/Audi.”


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