Volkswagen's Emissions Cheating Just Made It Tougher for Everyone
April 21st, 2016 3:30 PM Share
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There’s a chance drivers may be in for an even tougher smog test next time around, all thanks to Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal. Like the kid who made a ruckus in school and caused the whole class to be sent to detention, VW’s “defeat device” shenanigans may cause drivers of all vehicle brands to be studied under a more glaring microscope at test time, Bloomberg reports.
“The Volkswagen scandal underscores some huge flaws in the emissions test systems we have in the real world,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, an environmental nonprofit. Though the Environmental Protection Agency certifies each model before it goes on sale in the U.S., responsibility shifts to the state level to make sure vehicles currently on the road pass muster. Currently, 32 states require emissions testing. The VW scandal is prompting critics to call for sweeping changes to local emissions test systems, arguing that many local tests simply involve a check of a car’s software to see if the pollution control systems are in working order. This is precisely the situation VW’s cheater software ( designed by Audi in 1999) was designed to game. Even if the system appears to be functioning, that’s no guarantee that pollutants aren’t streaming out of the tailpipe.Naturally, this could make emissions tests tougher for all drivers, whether you own a Volkswagen or not. Like the kid in school who set the picnic table on fire during a field trip, it only takes one bad apple to ruin it for everyone.
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Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.
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