James Dyson says there’s a VW-style scandal in the vacuum industry

Earlier this month, Dyson is reported to have launched a broadside attack against European regulatory tests in general. “[There are] fridges tested with no food, vacuum cleaners tested with no dust, and washing machines tested at inaccurate temperatures,” said Dyson in comments reported by The Telegraph. “The regulators clearly live in a place that looks nothing like the real world and manufacturers are taking advantage.” Dyson’s allegations follow not only the Volkswagen scandal, but also recent claims that Samsung’s TVs have been cheating energy efficiency tests as well. (Something the company strongly denies.) These incidents, though, are part of wider trend which might be dubbed the “internet of paranoia,” with previously dumb objects now imbued with the software and connectivity to cheat not only regulatory tests, but consumers as well.

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