Volkswagen's Cheating Just the Tip of the Iceberg


Thu, Oct 1st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the Transport & Environment website, new testing reveals that cars from a variety of other manfucaturers have different results in fuel economy when tested in a lab versus real-world performance.

Security guru Bruce Schneier notes that "cheating on regulatory testing has a long history in corporate America," and the fast approaching Internet of Things era "will bring with it new opportunities for manufacturers to cheat." (Like Samsung?)

Tesla meanwhile announced a new car that doesn't need to cheat (full review here).

Of course we're forgetting that cows pollute far more than cars. Reportedly, "livestock and their byproducts" are responsible for "51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions."

The Internet of Things is coming. Many industries are moving to add computers to their devices, and that will bring with it new opportunities for manufacturers to cheat. Light bulbs could fool regulators into appearing more energy efficient than they are. Temperature sensors could fool buyers into believing that food has been stored at safer temperatures than it has been. Voting machines could appear to work perfectly -- except during the first Tuesday of November, when it undetectably switches a few percent of votes from one party's candidates to another's.

My worry is that some corporate executives won't interpret the VW story as a cautionary tale involving just punishments for a bad mistake but will see it instead as a demonstration that you can get away with something like that for six years.



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