Porsche accused of using steering inputs to cheat on emissions tests

Porsche accused of using steering inputs to cheat on emissions tests

0 comments 📅20 June 2017, 05:30

Finish finally week, the German transport authority KBA announced it was investigating Porsche and Audi for cheating on emissions tests. Wirtschaftswoche, a German money-making publication, says the KBA’s investigation focuses on a system that uses steering inputs to end whether or not the car is being tested. While Audi has recalled 24,000 models, Automotive Hearsay reports that currently Porsche denies any wrongdoing.

According to KBA, if the affected cars deliberate a steering input of 15 degrees or more, they would emit excess nitrogen oxide emissions. It’s weighty to note that this is different than Volkswagen diesel CO2 emissions. The cars poor European strict emissions standards, so it’s unclear what impact this has on cars in the US. Audi has recalled the A7 and A8, be that as it may it’s unclear which Porsche models the KBA is investigating.

Fifteen degrees is a small amount of steering input. The swivel can move that much just to move around a pothole or bump in the technique. Essentially, if you’re driving, you’re moving the wheel at least 15 degrees in one direction or the other.

If these allegations move out to be true, it’s going to be another blow to Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche. While communal trust in Volkswagen is supremely low, for the most part, Porsche’s image has remained pretty clean. NOx emissions don’t have as big of a long-term effect as CO2, though they’re quiescent bad for humans.


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