Tesla Accused By Chinese Government of Spying – Musk Duly Denies Allegations
Tesla’s cameras are always in recording mode – that’s no secret. And until now, it wasn’t a problem, either. As of recent, the Chinese Government has raised speculation over the true intentions behind the company’s camera policy for their cars. It’s never been done before and, from where they’re standing, it doesn’t need to be done either.
Inside Tesla’s Camera Policy
According to Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, the purpose behind installing cameras in his product is to facilitate the production of self-driving cars. It collects short clips of the car’s external surroundings to recognize street signs, lane lines, and traffic lights.
What must be remembered, however, is that Tesla is a tech company, and tech companies thrive on data. So, your car’s exterior surroundings aren’t the only things being tracked. Once you sync your phone to your car, addresses in your navigation system, contacts, and even your favorite songs are noted by the company.
Tesla also keeps track of your speed, mileage, and the place and time you charge your battery. While the company claims that the data collected isn’t paired with an identification number, meaning it cannot be traced back to your car, it is not impossible for it to be shared with others.
A Selective Ban on Tesla
Concerned about security breaches, the Chinese Government has banned Tesla from entering the premises of state-owned entities and military complexes. According to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, the government fears the unlawful gain and divulsion of sensitive information.
The order explicitly states that Tesla owners are required to park their vehicles outside the specified areas. Since they have no control over what the vehicles do or don’t, and they don’t have concrete facts indicating that only necessary information is collected, the government remains skeptical and outlines that state information may be funneled back to the US by this means. Some of its agency members have also been restrained from driving their Tesla’s to their workplace.
How Will This Affect Tesla?
The Chinese market holds importance for Tesla. Since its construction was completed in 2019, the Model Y and Model 3 are being built in its Shanghai plant. The company had also acquired a tax break through the construction process.
In total, as of recent, China makes up one-fifth of its total sales revenue after the number doubled between 2019 and 2020. Evidently, China is a market that Tesla needs to keep happy, and if keeping away from state-owned entities is the way of doing that, logic suggests that Tesla will be complying.
Additionally, in a virtual Chinese forum, all claims of Tesla being used to spy on the Chinese Government were denied by Elon Musk, who strictly stated that if the cars were used anywhere in the world to spy, the company will be shut down.
More inLuxury Cars
If You Buy a Titan, This Nissan Dealership Lets You Lease a Leaf for 99-Cent – Deal of the Century!
Leave it up to dealerships to find creative and unique ways to clear their inventory from their showroom. Let’s look at...June 6, 2021
2022 BMW M4 Competition Convertible Revealed
When a brand has established its name, the audience always anticipates the best out of it. And among the most reputed...June 2, 2021
Porsche Launches ‘Pink’ 718 Spyder Model Especially For The Chinese Market
From developing thoroughbred exhilarating sports cars to building snuggly compact sedans and SUVs, Porsche has never failed to delight its fans....May 30, 2021
Your Used Car Might Be Worth More Now Than a Year Ago
Ever since the pandemic broke out, the word “unprecedented” has become widely overused. The “new normal” isn’t anything like we expected it...May 18, 2021
This Is Why You Might Have to Pay Extra For a New Car This Spring
Have you been waiting to buy a new car but can’t deal with the skyrocketing prices? Well, we feel you, and...May 15, 2021
Discover the All New 2023 Porsche Macan EV
Sometimes to thrive in competitive markets, tech giants need to be visionary. And that’s what Porsche is doing in the case...May 15, 2021
About to Get Your First Homeowner’s Insurance Policy? These are the Things You Should Know
So, you’ve finally made the leap and bought your first home. You’ve put in the work, did the research, and can...May 10, 2021
Despite The Model’s Discontinuation, Two Dodge Vipers Sold in 2021
Looks like the Dodge Viper still has a bit of a charm left in it! After Dodge (American automotive giant FCA...April 20, 2021
Elvis Presley Loved this Automaker So Much He Collected Hundreds of Cars Made by It
Elvis Presley may be a step above other famous musicians because of his legendary status as the King of Rock and...April 15, 2021