Their Audi software may be bringing new problems to Volkswagen as its inaccurate automatic transmission results could lead to a new set of legal issues.
As Volkswagen is still facing legal problems after last year’s diesel emissions reveal, a further Audi software problem may once again give rise to controversies.
Volkswagen encountered legal actions from both owners and various states after it was revealed that certain vehicles’ computers registered a lower pollution rate.
Now, two German publications released evidence that older Audi models were equipped with a software which could lead to inaccurate CO2 emission rates.
The information was verified and discovered by the United States CARB or California Air Resources Board.
Older Audi software used in adaptive shift programs was found to register incorrect and inaccurate results when tested during trial laps.
CARB discovered that the older models’ carbon dioxide emissions depended on the position of the car’s steering wheel during driving.
According to them, if the wheel was not fully turned or used differently than during normal driving, the software would register a lower CO2 emission level.
This would result in different results between the car’s road emission levels and its emission testing results.
According to the Bild am Sonntag German publication, such a software has been used in European automatic transmission Audi vehicles for years.
Volkswagen declared that the adaptive transmission Audi software is designed so as to help the driver. It should help balance the car’s fuel consumption and performance levels.
These would be helped by the adaptive system’s ability to adjust gear-shifting points so as to adapt to each of the driver’s road and journey conditions.
Volkswagen stated that the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority KBA was notified of the Audi adaptive system and that all technical details have been offered and are available.
The automaker company has also declared that it will continue its communication with the KBA, the authority currently investigating the Audi problem.
The results of the new inquiry could be very important for the company as it is currently in negotiations with both the CARB and EPA.
EPA or the United States Environmental Protection Agency was also reported to have opened an investigation on the software cheat but has yet to officially confirm it.
Volkswagen is currently in negotiation and hopes to reach an agreement with the EPA and CARB in front of a court hearing which will take place on November 30 in San Francisco.
The agreement will seek to find a solution in regards to the Volkswagen company vehicles which registered a nine times higher than legal emissions level.
Amongst the estimated 85,000 affected 3.0-liter 2009 to 2015 diesel models, one can number both Volkswagen and Porsche and Audi vehicles.
It remains to the be seen how the new Audi software cheat or malfunction will come to affect the court ruling in the Volkswagen cases as the company is still facing Dieselgate allegations.
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