A software update is expected to save the VW brand. A problem that appeared impossible to solve for years has been rectified within a month with a couple of program adjustments and a flow transformer, which costs only a few cents. Kudos, but, if I may say so, and as recently aptly reported by Michael Müller on Spiegel Online, this sounds a bit like the “flux capacitor” from Back to the Future, the film trilogy which also gave rise to the existence of hoverboards. But, the issue is less about doubting the speed of VW engineers and more about questioning the tardiness of management. Time and again we come across people, also outside of film, who are ahead of their time, whether this is due to speculation or the rigorous pursuit of existing opportunities. The history of electro mobility or Paul Otlet’s invention of the Internet avant la lettre are a couple of instructive examples. Developments often do not fail due to the technical possibilities or the lack of vision of individuals, but rather due to complacency and political or economic interests.