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US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

American investigators are looking into Mercedes maker Daimler's use of engine management software that is alleged to help its vehicles pass emissions tests, according to reports. German tabloid Bild am Sonntag splashed yesterday (behind paywall) that US investigators had found "several software functions that helped Daimler …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Feb 2018

VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to 84 months in a United States federal prison for his role in the “dieselgate” software scandal that saw vehicles deliver test results that indicated their emissions met US standards when in fact they were smoke-belching jalopies. Schmidt was general manager of …

Google, Volkswagen spin up quantum computing partnership

Google's quantum computer isn't much more than a science project at this stage, but Volkswagen is hitching a ride anyway. At the Web Summit conference in Europe yesterday, VW announced it inked a deal with the Chocolate Factory, in which they will work together on quantum applications in traffic management, and battery …
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Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

Researchers analyzing the emissions defeat devices found in automobiles made by the Volkswagen Group and Chrysler Fiat Automobiles have developed a way to test software for misbehavior, but they caution that lack of visibility into programming code could pose a challenge for regulators. In 2015, the US Environmental Protection …
Thomas Claburn, 22 May 2017

Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

Volkswagen today pled guilty in a Detroit, Michigan, court to scamming the American public through its "Dieselgate" vehicle emissions test cheating. The car giant was charged with breaking environment protection laws, misleading investigators, and swindling citizens. "Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Mar 2017

Auto emissions 'cheatware' scandal sparks war of words between Italy, Germany

The latest “cheatware” scandal to rock the auto industry has escalated to cause inter-government tension, with Germany and Italy trading snipes over Fiat Chrysler's claims about emissions. It's hardly surprising that once regulators discovered the Volkswagen cheat, they'd take a look at other car-makers to see if their …

Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

In one of the toughest smackdowns in recent US corporate history, Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to Dieselgate fraud charges, and will cop a massive fine. Meanwhile, six staffers have been charged regarding the engine cheatware scandal and are facing the business end of a trial. According to the US Department of Justice on …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2017

Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

The FBI has arrested a senior Volkswagen executive for allegedly coordinating a cover-up over its diesel emissions cheating. Oliver Schmidt was nabbed in Florida over the weekend. He is expected to appear in court in Detroit on Monday on charges of defrauding the United States. A court filing [PDF] lodged by the Feds in the …
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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

Volkswagen's proposed US “Dieselgate” remedies can go into effect, a US judge said, approving the disgraced auto-maker's US$14.7 billion settlement. Charles Breyer of the US District Court in San Francisco signed off on VW's offer to around 475,000 owners of 2-litre diesel Audis and Volkswagens that ran software to deliver low …

Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

German carmaker Audi has signed agreements with Chinese technology companies Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent to work on data analysis, internet connected vehicles and intelligent public transport. Audi China and FAW-Volkswagen – a joint venture between state-owned car manufacturer FAW Group and Volkswagen that makes Audi and …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Sep 2016
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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

A Volkswagen engineer has agreed to spill the details of his involvement in the VW emissions scandal. Former engineer James Robert Liang took a plea deal with the US federal government to cooperate with its ongoing investigation of how the German carmaker cheated American emissions tests and passed off its "clean diesel" …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2016

Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

Analysis September 7 sees Dell Technologies absorb EMC and its VMware holding. Storage-watchers are seeing lots of overlap between the Dell and EMC storage products and wondering if there is going to be a product cull. So far there are no signs of this and it could be useful to ask if Dell + EMC is going to be a traditional few- …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2016
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Investors to be allowed to sue Volkswagen over emission row

Volkswagen investors are to be allowed to sue the carmaker for almost €4m in damages in the wake of Volkswagen's admission last year that it used "defeat device" software in 11 million cars that allowed it to give false results in tests for nitrogen oxide emissions. The Braunschweig District Court said in a statement (link in …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Aug 2016
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VW's first US settlement nearly settled

Volkswagen's “dieselgate” part-settlement has received preliminary approval from a US judge. It's the start of a long, slow process for VW to clear its name after it was caught programming diesel engine management systems to enter a low-emission (and low power) state when undergoing emission tests. If the arrangement between …
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

The recent high-profile crash of a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode has sparked a rush to develop new laws for self-driving cars. Just as there is a race on in the engineering departments of many large car companies to develop autonomous car technology, so legislators are working fast to develop the rules to cover it. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Jul 2016
Dirty VW Beetle in Sleeper

VW finds US$15 BEEELION under the couch to pay off US regulators

Volkswagen has reached a settlement in the USA – or rather, two settlements, since it had to satisfy both federal regulators and the State of California. Its troubles are far from over, and the up-to-US$14.7 billion settlement only covers part of the tab, because it only covers US complaints over the software cheat implemented …
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Not good enough, VW: California nixes toxic mix fix in strict interdict

Volkswagen has suffered yet another setback, with California rejecting its proposed fix (a catalytic converter retrofit) and the US Environmental Protection Agency chiming in to agree. It's not yet game-over, though: California's Air Resources Board (CARB) rejected the proposal as "incomplete" rather than inadequate, and wants …
Dirty VW Beetle in Sleeper

VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

Volkswagen has bowed to the inevitable and proposed fitting catalytic converters to some US vehicles affected by its emissions-test-cheating engine management software scandal. The idea was raised over the weekend by German daily Bild am Sonntag. The fix won't cover the whole fleet, but would clean up the 430,000 cars that …

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