Researchers Find Complex Defeat Device Code

Law360, New York (May 23, 2017, 9:04 PM EDT) -- An international computer science research team has discovered the software code behind the defeat devices used in Volkswagen AG and Fiat Chrysler diesel cars to evade emissions standards, according to a study released Monday.

Over a year-long inquiry, the researchers looked at the codes that enabled an on-board computer to determine if the car was being tested for emissions and then turn on the car's emissions-curbing systems. The researchers — led by Kirill Levchenko, a computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego — tested about 900 versions of the code and found that 400 of were designed to evade...

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