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VW emmisions cheat raises questions about ethics and accountability in Software Engineering

You’ve probably heard in the news that some 11 million Volkswagon cars were loaded with software specifically designed to “cheat” emissions tests.   The car would recognise when it was being tested, and switch to a special mode that would drop emissions to the bare minimum.  So the cars would pass emissions tests with numbers that were much lower than what the car actually produces when driven on the road.

On October 8th VW’s US CEO was pulled before congress and was asked what knowledge/decisions were there at a corporate level for this.  To which he replied that an investigation is still “on-going” and continued with:

“This was a couple of software engineers, who put this in for whatever reasons”
– Michael Horn CEO Volkswagon America

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