Dieselgate: Volkswagen or Bosch?

11 million Volkswagen diesel cars, 500,000 of them in the USA, have emissions-test-cheating software that allows them to produce lower emissions when tested by regulators and higher-performance dirty exhaust while they’re actually on the road. Now that WV has been caught, EPA is acting accordingly. Volkswagen engineers were certainly involved, but the Wolfsburg firm may not be the only one snared in Dieselgate. Most VW electronic equipment and software is built by Robert Bosch GmbH:

“It isn’t clear whether Bosch provided Volkswagen with the software at the heart of the scandal, or whether any of the Bosch-built components interacted with the software.

‘How these components are calibrated and integrated into complete vehicle systems is the responsibility of each auto maker,’ the Stuttgart-based company said.

Still, questions over how the software worked and who was responsible for installing it have spilled over to include Bosch.

German newspapers have reported that Bosch told Volkswagen in a 2007 letter that the use of Bosch-made software to manipulate car emissions was illegal. Volkswagen declined to comment Friday on the reports.”

— “Bosch Could Get Drawn Into Volkswagen Emissions Litigation,” Robert Wall, Wall Street Journal

So if Bosch knew VW was hacking their software, why didn’t they tell the authorities? Worse: Did Bosch tell the German government, which took no action other than suppressing the information?

More:

“Volkswagen: When a German Company Plays With Fire,” Stephan Richter, The Globalist

“Analysis: Why VW’s emissions fraud is such an outrage,”
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press via USA Today

“The research team that caught Volkswagen,” Spencer Kimball,  Deutsche Welle

“How independent researchers tracked down VW’s diesel software hacks,” Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech

“The irreversible damage of Volkswagen’s stunning deceit,” Shannon Hall, Scientific American via Salon

Updates:

“Volkswagen US boss told about emission cheat in 2014,” BBC News

“Regulators Investigating 2nd VW Computer Program on Emissions,” Danielle Ivory and Keith Brashwer, New York Times

“Lawsuit seeks Volkswagen buyback of emissions-cheating diesels in California,” Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times

“Dozens of Managers Were Involved in VW’s Diesel Scandal,” Alex Davies, Wired

Dieselgate: The Movie?

“Leonardo DiCaprio to Produce Movie on Volkswagen Scandal,” Dave McNary, Variety

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