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How Volkswagen Mocked Corporate Social Responsibility
Cars, Pollution & the EPA’s Efforts Through Corporate Social
In a perfect engine, oxygen in the air would convert all hy-
drogen to water, and fuel carbons to carbon dioxide – but in
Motor vehicles are responsible for nearly 50% of
smog-forming compounds, more than 50% of acid-rain con-
tributing nitroge...
The Clean Air Act of 1970 gave the Environmental
Protection Agency broad authority to regulate motor vehicle
pollution, wh...
However, while the EPA created the standards,
automotive companies were left to self-regulate
through corporate social res...
How Volkswagen Mocked Corporate Social
Responsibility & the EPA
Volkswagen’s diesel engines were known for
their great fuel economy, but their engine could
stay within pollutant emission...
Under normal conditions, when less fuel was used in on-
road conditions, the diesel engines released up to 40 times
the le...
According to New York Times, in 2008, VW
discovered that the new “clean diesel engines”
it spent years developing would fa...
To clear their pollutant-vomiting cars through
testing, VW installed “defeat devices” in their
diesel cars, including Skod...
The “defeat devices” would sense emission
testing procedures, and adjust engine output to
reduce pollutant emissions.
How Does The “Defeat Device” Work Anyway?
Modern cars have several software and
hardware computing elements which sense,
read, and calculate various metrics to make...
The “defeat device” was a specialized
software which read steering wheel position, tire
rotation, atmospheric pressure, du...
If the software determined that the car was be-
ing tested for emissions, it would increase the
amount of fuel being burne...
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How Was Volkswagen Caught?
The EPA never caught on to Volkswagen’s
software cheat
The scandal was unearthed by a team of
researchers at West Virginia University who
used a mobile testing rig to test the p...
The team published their findings in spring 2014,
and their research was used by the EPA to make
Volkswagen admit to the “...
Volkswagen’s Fallout From Largest Global Au-
tomotive Scandal
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned
due to the scandal.
The US Justice Department is reported to have
opened a criminal investigation into Volkswagen.
Matthias Muller, Porsche chief and new VW
CEO, has ordered tiered mass recalls for upgrade
on roughly 11 million affected ...
The company is facing roughly $37,500 in US
federal fines per vehicle for the roughly 482,000
cars sold in the country – b...
The German manufacturer, which had recently
become the largest automotive company in
the world, has put aside $7.3 billion...
Class-action lawsuits from car owners
already underway in US against Volkswagen,
on grounds of misrepresentation of vehicu...
EPA to step up testing emission standards and
procedures in the wake of VW scandal.
Government Measures to Prevent Future
Software “Cheats”
Researchers only caught VW thanks to physi-
cal testing, not software analyses.
All software products, including those controlling
cars, are copyrighted content, preventing inde-
pendent researchers fro...
Copyright office considering making an
exception for automotive software, so
independent researchers can check software fo...
“So long as the DMCA hinders or chills law-
abiding researchers from casting their eyes on
code, more bugs – and insidious...
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The company is facing roughly $37,500 in US
federal fines per vehicle for the roughly 482,000
cars sold in the country – bringing a whopping
tally of $18 billion to be paid.

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