In the exhaust affair manipulated Volkswagen diesel cars the supplier Bosch comes under further pressure. Bosch associates allegedly involved for years intensively on the development of control software, with which the nitrogen oxide emissions could turn down during official tests.
Volkswagen have also itself can not make changes to the software without these modifications had to be tested and approved by Bosch, claiming US applicants. This is clear from a first time unblackened accessible, 742-page American civil complaint shows that the “world” is present.
Particularly suspect makes Bosch in the eyes of applicant that the trader “explicitly requested” in a letter of 2 June 2008 was that Volkswagen Bosch must compensate if the supplier should be held liable because of his development of the shutdown.
where Bosch will even have the words “defeat device” (disconnecting) used and noted that their use prohibited under US law be. Volkswagen got assurances apparently refused Bosch exempt from liability, according to the application. Bosch has developed the software anyway.
Apparently “high degree of coordination” between Bosch and VW
Very describe in detail the lawyers the emergence of the shutdown. Developed under the code name “acoustic function” software should therefore be part of the “EDC Unit 17″ have been. EDC stands for “Electronic Diesel Control”. Already from 2001 should have been working full-time on the programming of the EDC 17 Bosch at least 20 employees.
The difference of this software so that it detects when a car is being tested and then starts up the exhaust gas purification, “would not have achieved without years of collaboration with Bosch can be “write the applicant.
the cooperation of the software have a high degree of coordination between Bosch and Volkswagen made necessary, they say. In a file are only 8565 changes have been recorded, the employees of both companies have made between 2003 and 2009 at the EDC 17th Hundreds name of Bosch employees would be called in to write the applicant.
Bosch have always been careful to keep control of the software. So you’ve held in 2006 in a contract that only 35 unnamed employees of VW have access to the documentation of the program. According to current knowledge, at least nine Bosch associates were involved in the development of the illegal shutdown, according to the application.
Winterkorn said to have been also present
Bosch said to have been involved not only in the development of the shutdown, but also from the cover-up. while the applicants are based on an e-mail exchange between Bosch and Volkswagen employees.
The Bosch people had confirmed that they would read the description of the acoustic function of the documentation for products that are offered in the United States underline.
The plaintiffs allege that Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner was aware of the secret. He was together with several employees attended a meeting on 28 May 2014 at Volkswagen, in which was also been discussed “acoustic function”. VW also was represented high level, it means that the former chief executive Martin Winterkorn said to be also present. However, evidence does not lead the application for doing so.
When the application is the one-sided presentation of the allegations by the applicants. Bosch is currently working on a response. Comment wanted the suppliers, the process in the United States in the past did not. However, Bosch will have prepared their own employees to other reports on the involvement of the undertaking in the exhaust manipulation.
While the lawyers Bosch had first achieved that the essential parts of the application have been published only blackened, it was expected, however, that the US court as would also make the uncensored version available now happen.
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