Elon Musk says Tesla would be shut down if it spied in China


“There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information,” the Tesla CEO said in a virtual discussion with Xue Qikun, a Chinese quantum physicist, as reported by Reuters.  “If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down.”

Mr Musk made the comments in response to the news that the Chinese is apparently restricting the use of Tesla vehicles by its military and state-owned companies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This is due to apparent concerns from Beijing that the data gathered by the cars’ 12 sensors, eight cameras, and radar could be a national security risk.

Tesla sold 147,445 vehicles in China last year, making up 30 per cent of the total number of cars sold, so further restrictions from the country could severely impact the electric car company’s market share.


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