Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised its electric cars do not spy on anyone following reports the Chinese government partially over national security fears. Members of the military and state personnel reportedly can no longer drive Tesla cars to certain compounds, nor some state agencies and industries. Musk shot down the fears speaking at the China Development Forum, CNN reported Monday.
“If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we [would] get shut down,” he told guests, underscoring the company would not use its vehicles technologies to compromise Chinese secrets. According to the initial reports on China’s restricted Tesla use, the country is worried the car’s cameras and sensor capabilities could record images as well as their location. The government also doesn’t like that the cars can track data on where they’re driven and how drivers use them.
There’s absolutely no indication thus far that China’s move to restrict Teslas will hurt the automaker’s success locally, however. The country helped push Tesla very close to Musk’s 2020 goal of delivering Model Y in China, too. In the future, we’ll likely see the oft-promised emerge from China first as the country becomes an important part of the automaker’s success.as it ramped up production of the at its new Shanghai-area factory. The company now also builds the