It was revealed last week that Volkswagen used computer software in its diesel cars in order to avoid complying with emission regulations.
CNBC explains that a few years ago, the corporation pledged to be the global leader in sales for cars worldwide and this was perhaps the incentive that encouraged the company to use fraudulent data to support costs.
This also resulted in the resignation of CEO Martin Winterkorn and stated that he was “shocked by the events. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group.” CNBC also highlighted more VW employees may leave because of their disapproving of the organisation’s involvement in the scandal.
According to Reuters, staff at VW had warned suppliers about the corrupt software but nothing was done to combat this problem, which in turn, questions whether executives knew about this. German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung offered information about the intricacies of the warning in 2011. “The board had received an internal report at its meeting on Friday showing VW technicians had warned about illegal emissions practices in 2011. No explanation was given as to why the matter was not addressed then,” Reuters reported.
On the other hand, newspaper Bild am Sonntag mentioned that an internal probe at the company had received a letter from parts supplier Bosch in 2007 that cautioned against using illegal Bosch-supplied software technology, but VW declined to comment on these revelations.
A Volkswagen spokesperson said that investigations are in process. “There are serious investigations underway and the focus is now also on technical solutions for customers and dealers. As soon as we have reliable facts we will be able to give answers,” Reuters informed.
After being caught cheating on the emissions tests in the USA, other countries are also investigating their vehicles after engines in 11 million cars were affected.
The top five sectors Asian fintech investors are interested in are data analytics, blockchain, lending, payments and regtech, according to Gary Hwa, EY regional managing partner.
On the third day of the Singapore Fintech Festival conference, there was a focus on specific applications of fintech innovation. One was trade finance, which is clearly is ripe for a revolution.
Kicking off day two of the Singapore Fintech Festival, Deloitte Chairman David Cruikshank said that fintech is significant for three reasons. First, customer expectations of services are higher than ever. Second, barriers to entry are lower than before. And finally, financial institutions (FIs) face a threat of what a competitor might do.
Kicking off the first day of the Singapore Fintech Festival, issues with cryptocurrencies were addressed by MIT media labs director, Joi Ito, and panels of technology leaders discussed how they’re using data analytics.