German government plans ‘doping’ tests for cars

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German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt has told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that “there will be controls for cars like doping tests – unannounced – each year”.

Using the same model used in professional athletics to cut down on drugs cheats would encourage manufacturers to stick to the rules, claimed the politician.

Dobrindt said that technicians could, for example, rent cars and test those models. He added that the proposed tests would serve to build up trust in auto makers among the public.

The German transport minister said that he was keen to make sure that something like the Volkswagen emissions scandal couldn’t happen again, and said that as well as rotating test technicians, he would look at making ECU software public to ensure the integrity and transparency of tests.

February 17, 2016

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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