Tesla cars are banned in a Chinese city for fear of espionage

Tesla cars have been banned from entering Beidaihe, a Chinese resort town, for two months due to concerns over spying during a meeting of the country’s leaders.

For the most part, Tesla and the Chinese government are said to have a good relationship.

The two reached an agreement that made Tesla the first foreign automaker to fully own an auto plant in China without having to form a joint venture with a state-owned company.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also known for praising the Chinese people and has refrained from criticizing the Chinese government.

Nevertheless, the Chinese government has made it clear that it is concerned that Tesla vehicles may be involved in espionage activities in its country.

Last year, the People’s Liberation Army, China’s military, issued a notice banning Tesla owners from parking their vehicles on bases and in housing compounds.

The concerns appeared to be related to Tesla’s use of cameras all around its vehicles and where the data went.

Musk even commented on the story stating the obvious, “Tesla doesn’t use its vehicle cameras to spy on China,” but that didn’t seem to allay concerns as even more government entities reportedly told employees not to park their Tesla vehicles. on government property.

Following these situations, Tesla later announced that it would locally store all data collected in China.

A few months later, Tesla announced a new data center in the country to do just that, but that didn’t seem to allay all concerns.

Today, local traffic authorities in Beidaihe announced that all Tesla cars will be banned from driving for at least two months:

Tesla cars will be banned from entering China’s coastal district of Beidaihe, the site of a secret annual summer party leadership conclave, for at least two months from July 1, an official told Reuters on Monday. local traffic police officer.

Beidaihe is a resort town not far from Beijing, and it’s known for hosting meetings of Chinese leaders in the summer.

Although authorities have not commented on the reason for the ban, the assumption is that they do not want Tesla vehicle cameras to pick up anything related to the meeting.

China is Tesla’s biggest market in the world, and the automaker plans to expand into the country by doubling production capacity at Gigafactory Shanghai.

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