I can see how incredibly EASY it would be to write software to notice the (typical) "testing in progress" conditions and "play nice" only during those times -- throwing the rules out the window at all other times!
But, I can't imagine anyone with half a brain thinking this is the sort of thing they could get away with!
I can *almost* believe the GM ignition switch scandal was just incompetence and "wishful thinking" (maybe it WON'T be a problem?? Maybe no one will notice it? We can always claim we are INCOMPETENT... etc.). But, the VW issue is akin to a burglar robbing a bank -- there's no question as to the IL-legality of his actions!
The unfortunate consequence of all this is it will just be a fine. If a human commits a crime, he goes to jail. If a BUSINESS ("Corporations are people, too" -- Mitt Romney) commits one, they get a fine/wrist slap.
(Perhaps we should revoke their business license for a few years to inflict the equivalent of "imprisonment" on them -- deny them the FREEDOM to operate as they normally could? Of course, that would effectively kill many businesses -- just like incarceration kills many families, etc.!)
The same sort of stupidity appears evident in the Feenigs I-10 shooting incidents: if you've really committed these crimes, why would you give up control of the single most incriminating piece of evidence -- the actual gun, used?? Just for *money*??
Are people REALLY this stupid? Short sighted?? *Or*, ARROGANT?? (they're not smart enough to catch *me*!)