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We all know the story by now: since 2009, Volkswagen has been using software on their onboard computers which make their diesel cars recognise when they’re being tested for emissions, turning on a pollution control (known as a ‘defeat device’) which is otherwise inactive. The 11 million cars with the software installed were able to pass rigorous US emissions testing while in fact emitting approximately 35 times the US limit.