A U.S. regulator has come across another emissions-cheating device on a Volkswagen Group product. This is not much more of the exact same — rather, it is an entirely different apparatus used on autos until effectively after the company’s diesel emissions scandal became public expertise.
This is not a wonderful time for Volkswagen to be caught with its pants down for not disclosing anything they had been already in huge trouble for. With the company trying to wrap issues 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 Sources Board found the new emissions-cheating application four months ago. Sonntag claims the computer 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 these employed for testing purposes.
During these circumstances the car ran a different shifting system, a single that reduced carbon dioxide emissions and all round fuel consumption. Turning the wheel 15 degrees in any direction canceled the program entirely, returning the car to its typical mode for road use.
The paper states that the device had been implemented in several hundred thousand Audi cars equipped with automatic transmissions, like the Q5, A6, and A8. The usage of the device was discontinued in May of 2016, which is a complete eight months after Volkswagen’s emissions scandal became public expertise.
Nether CARB or Audi have been available for comment on this morning’s report.