Latest Volkswagen publications

Volkswagen and Ford team up for $7bn Argo AI deal

Tie-up allows both automakers to integrate Argo AI’s self-driving system into their own vehicles at scale Ford and Volkswagen have announced they are investing $7bn in autonomous vehicle platform company Argo AI, with a view for both manufacturers to use the company’s self-driving tech in upcoming vehicles released in US and Europe. As part of… Read More

Mobvoi launches Chinese chatbot

Mobvoi, the Google-backed AI company that first developed Chinese language voice recognition, has released a chatbot that can communicate with voice-activated smart home devices. The new product, which leverages Mobvoi’s advances in voice recognition and artificial intelligence, is envisioned to facilitate human-machine interaction in China much like Apple’s Siri personal assistant, or Alexa from Amazon…. Read More

DMCA may have protected Volkswagen from ‘defeat device’ discovery, claims U.S. senator

Volkswagen’s deceptive practices over ‘defeat devices’ in its emissions-testing software might have come to light far earlier if its code had not been protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, according to a U.S. senator. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ron Wyden, United States Senator for Oregon since 1996, contends [paywalled] that the DMCA’s blanket… Read More

Volkswagen given ‘free pass’ on emissions tests a decade ago by EPA due to lack of budget

A new report contends that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chose not to apply an emissions test that it developed a decade ago to car manufacturers due to lack of budget for the department – a budget which has been further cut by 21% in the last five years. Based on a number of interviews,… Read More

Volkswagen software scandal may not lead to criminal prosecution due to loophole in Clean Air Act

Faced with a slew of crippling lawsuits and recalls over its software-based evasion of emissions standards, German car manufacturer Volkswagen has a ray of corporate light today – it transpires that a loop in the U.S. 1970 Clean Air Act could stop the company facing criminal charges over use of ‘defeat devices’ in its cars…. Read More