Volkswagen isn’t the first company to use software to break the law and it won’t be the last

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down Wednesday because of Dieselgate, the scandal over the company’s installation of deceptive software in about 11 million diesel cars to help them illegally pass emissions tests. The software was relatively straight-forward: during an emissions test, the wheels of a car spin, but the steering wheel doesn’t. No turning or jostling of the steering column, indicates the car isn’t out on a normal drive and that an emissions test is underway. That activated a defeat device that limited the harmful gas emitted by the car, allowing it to pass the test. It was a conspiracy to sell cars as environmentally-friendly, when they were actually contributing heavily to our pollution problem. The company now faces billions in fines, as well as a potential criminal investigation by…


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