Volkswagen wonders about the safety of Audi vehicles because it seems Audi has altered gas emissions when tested. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has revealed that an older Audi model has edited the software meant to measure the emissions. The parent company of Audi, Volkswagen Group, has confirmed that the software could generate distorted results when testing emissions.
Volkswagen has argued in a recent press statement that sometimes programs can produce false results during testing. CARB revealed that the software detected a glitch which unveiled the steering wheel was not in the position it should be when normally driving, lowering the emissions of carbon dioxide.
During emission testing when the vehicle was not steered, the results showed different figures compared to the test drive when the car was on the road. Some argued that this type of software was previously used for years in Audi cars with automatic transmissions. A private document of Volkswagen specifically demonstrated that there are particular Audi models which are equipped with automatic transmissions that enable them to shift sooner, allowing them to lower the emissions of CO2.
Volkswagen has also asserted that adaptive communications are created to fuel consumption and balance performance. The adaptive systems help the driver altering the shifting points of the gear to adapt to any situation. Audi has already made available technical data which proves background of the adaptive system. The same procedures were also presented to the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority KBA.
KBA is in charge of investigating the safety of Audi’s adaptive programs. Volkswagen is bound to continue sharing information with this agency. Besides this authority, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also started conducting a separate investigation regarding the damaged software. Volkswagen is working on an agreement with CARB and EPA regarding this problem.
Volkswagen requires for their advice considering the 2009-2015 diesel Audi, the VW cars in which gas emissions levels are nine times higher than legal, and the Porche. On November 30, the agreement will be discussed in front of a court in San Francisco. Volkswagen is also interested in establishing a deal with the owners to set a fund for the compensation they need to get. Those who own a 2.0-liter polluting car got between $5,100 and $10,000 in compensation.
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