The carmaker said the new software would be made available once it had been approved by the relevant authorities.
BMW insists it was honest error
The announcement followed a report German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Friday that BMW had admitted to the German vehicle licensing authority, KBA, that some of its cars included software that could mislead regulatory tests over the levels of harmful nitrogen oxides it emitted.
A BMW spokesperson subsequently told Spiegel, “We do not consider the software to be a ‘defeat device,'” a program designed to cheat regulatory emissions checks.
Suspicion fell on the German car industry after Volkswagen — the parent company of BMW’s main competitor, Audi — admitted in 2015 to equipping some 11 million of its cars with software designed to make its cars appear less polluting in lab tests than they were on the road.
The scandal has, so far, cost VW some €20 billion ($24.6 billion) in fines, buybacks and compensation.
BMW, however, has successfully maintained its reputation amid the scandal.
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Last week, the KBA found that BMW’s 3-series cars had complied with all environmental checks and regulations, following calls for an investigation into the car model by a German environmental and consumer protection body.
The results of the probe prompted BMW’s head of development, Klaus Fröhlich, to boldly pronounce, “Our diesel engines are clean. The public, politicians and above all our customers and employees can count on that.”
BMW, however, was among the carmakers implicated for commissioning experiments by a research group that included exposing monkeys to toxic diesel fumes.
dm/sms (dpa, AFP)