VW scandal

Vitaly Repin vitaly_repin at fsfe.org
Fri Oct 9 05:55:53 UTC 2015



The VW scandal came to light when researchers from the International
Council on Clean Transportation and West Virginia University performed all
kinds of tests on VW vehicles, discovering that when the vehicles were on
the road, they polluted substantially more than when they were being tested
for pollution emissions.

If this software was open-source (not even free!) the process to find the
problem woudl be much easier and less costly. And most probably the issue
would not occur at the very first place - VW engineers woudl not have
temptation to do what they did.

Do you think VW case can be used as an example of the benefits which free
software might provide to the society?

WBR & WBW, Vitaly
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