Uh Oh, the U.S. Found Another Emissions-cheating Device in Audi Vehicles
A U.S. regulator has come across another emissions-cheating device on a Volkswagen Group product. This isn’t more of the same — rather, it’s an entirely different apparatus used on vehicles until well after the company’s diesel emissions scandal became public knowledge.
This isn’t a great time for Volkswagen to be caught with its pants down for not disclosing something they were already in big trouble for. With the company trying to wrap things up with the Department of Justice, the new report from German outlet Bild am Sonntag could sour things.
According to the paper, the California Air Resources Board discovered the new emissions-cheating software four months ago. Sonntag claims the software was installed in vehicles with certain automatic transmissions, and sensed whether a car’s steering wheel was being turned. A stationary wheel is indicative of a stationary platform, like those used for testing purposes.
During these conditions the vehicle ran a different shifting program, one that reduced carbon dioxide emissions and overall fuel consumption. Turning the wheel 15 degrees in any direction canceled the program entirely, returning the car to its normal mode for road use.
The paper states that the device had been implemented in several hundred thousand Audi vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions, including the Q5, A6, and A8. The usage of the device was discontinued in May of 2016, which is a full eight months after Volkswagen’s emissions scandal became public knowledge.
Nether CARB or Audi have been available for comment on this morning’s report.