You have no idea how the architecture of these cars works and yet you're ready to announce that it's all a German industrial conspiracy.
Bosch didn't write that code. Volkswagen did. The original article's author is poorly informed about how the CAN-bus in VW/Audi/Seat/etc works. A simple monitor on the CAN-controller could easily compare steering angle sensor against wheels
speed and other factors, and then tell the Bosch engine controller to enter test mode.
Conspiracy, my ass. While it's plausible that people at Bosch knew this was happening, they didn't have an active hand in it. All it took was VW understanding their own "controller of controllers" architecture.
If the OP or Charles Day had any clue whatsoever about Volkswagen products, they'd know that all these sensors are available on all cars from pretty much all platforms from 2000 forward, that they all communicate on the CAN-bus, and that they all need input from those sensors for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with engine performance, period. (Steering angle - ABS or steerable headlights; wheel speed sensor - circumferential flat detection, ABS, etc)
"not even an improvement over an old invention."
Right. Because the Macintosh was exactly like the Xerox Star, right down to the three-button Mouse and Smalltalk commands. Which Jobs licensed for a very agreeable amount - and he then directed the improvements that led to the popular GUI-driven personal computer.
The iMac - a minimalist, low-cost, laptop-derived machine with a CRT that was extremely easy to set up and which was design-forward - good-looking enough to put it in the center of your living area and not hide under a desk. Yeah, that was totally already done.
I wonder sometimes if Slashdot has gotten any better, then I come over and read stuff like this in the 'discussion' and realize it's just the same old, same old.
For all his faults, he was terrific at determining what people actually wanted to buy and directing engineers to create that.
Your invention is worthless if no one uses it.
Yeah, you're right. Engineers would be so much better off if we just let them develop their ideas, market them, and fail in peace.
"Oh and I can see the fanbois are out modding again and taking everything personally."
Been here long?
Airliners carry transponders that squawk. Same diff.
"Either that, or the money is really going somewhere else and the F-35 development program is a scam."
"But how many US pilots have been in an actual dogfight since, say WWII"
John McCain. You might have heard of him. He ran for president a while back.
Positive ID is obtained with IFF. Not sure why you'd have to wait until visual range for that.
If all else fails, lower your standards.