Sep 19, 2018

Volkswagen Engineer Sentenced to 40 Months Prison

James Liang, an engineer who worked on the design and development of the software, has been sentanced to 40 months imprisonment and a $200,000 fine for his part in developing the software that deliberately deceived emission test devices and under-reported the levels of emissions. 

The combination of hardware and software registered the unique input characteristicts of an emmission testing device and altered the mode of the engine to reduce the levels of emissions  in the exhaust gases.  During normal driving, the software turned off the controls to improve torque or reduce fuel consumption.

The costs of the scandal exceed $24BN is the US alone, and it reignited the discussion about ethics in software engineering.