- The Chinese government, according to people speaking anonymously to Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, is restricting Tesla vehicles from entering military and certain state-owned entities.
- The government is worried they cannot control what Tesla cameras will record and concerned that information collected by the vehicles could be disclosed or funneled to the United States.
- China has become an increasingly important market for Tesla, particularly following Tesla’s building of a plant in Shanghai in 2019.
UPDATE 3/22/2021: Speaking at a virtual Chinese forum, Tesla CEO Elon Musk denied that his vehicles were being used to spy on the Chinese government, according to Reuters. Musk said that there is a strong incentive to make sure that any info collected is confidential, and added, “If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down.”
It’s no secret that Tesla’s vehicles are constantly recording the world