Executives for Volkswagen’s U. S. operations told lawmakers during a hearing on the company’s deceptive emission systems, that he’s confident the 500,000 so-called “clean diesel” vehicles secretly set up to cheat on emissions tests can be fixed with little disruption for owners.
Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen’s U. S. operations, told the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Thursday that while the carmaker previously said it could fix the issue by the end of 2016, it would likely take much longer.
“The repairs will take five to 10 hours,” Horn said.
What’s a technology giant to do when it can’t get its first choice of domain name? Go big: Alphabet, the new name of what used to be just Google, couldn’t buy alphabet.com (BMW owns it), or even abc.com (American Broadcasting Company, owned by Walt Disney Co.), so it’s gone and snagged abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.
Implementing solutions to climate change will require big ideas and an even bigger mobilization of resources, but high technology doesn’t always have the answers. Plant physiologist Laura Marek and research botanical Gerald Seiler are seed searchers who have spent the past 11 years searching for sunflowers that, in their ability to quickly adapt to environmental changes, may hold the key to boosting resilience against climate change.