The German newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, suspected that Daimler is involved in the usage of illegal software systems in order to mislead the carbon emission tests in their diesel vehicle range. The US authorities have started their investigations based on a similar report picked by the Reuters from the reports published by the Bild am Sonntag. These investigative actions aren’t started only on the basis of the reports published by the Reuters. On the contrary, the Department of Justice was keeping an eye on the operational activities of Daimler in relation to the emission testing of their diesel engine vehicles. The reports clearly indicate the software has some similarity related to the emission testing system utilized by the Volkswagen software system in order to mislead the regulatory authorities related to the carbon emission. The German newspaper disclosed that they have seen one of the documents related to the carbon emission software system installed by the company in their diesel brands wherein the carbon emission control system would be switched off automatically after driving for more than 26 km.
The other program installed by the company allowed the emission cleaning system to identify if the car cleared the emission testing process of the regulatory authorities on the basis of the speed or the acceleration pattern followed by the car. The defect device as per the regulatory authority highlights the emission control system has the efficiency to switch on or off the system on the basis of the tests conducted in the laboratories in relation to their capacity to control the emission of carbon within the parameters disclosed by the authorities. Any automaker willing to install any such software systems in their car models need to get an explicit authorization from the respective regulatory authorities otherwise it would be considered to be illegal to install any such systems without the knowledge of the authorities. The similar incident was visible in the car models like Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi diesel car engines belonging to the Volkswagen group in 2015 which caused billions for the company and hampered the reputation to great extent.
The incident highlighted that the cars were releasing emissions of nitrogen oxides almost 40 times greater than the allowed limit by the regulatory authorities. The company has maintained silence after the reports were published by the Reuters and everyone is waiting eagerly for their response to these allegations and explanation to clarify this issue. The giant automobile company currently employs more than 290000 employees and this incident and reports would hamper their profitability and revenues to a great extent.