China determined last month that Tesla vehicles posed a danger because they have numerous cameras and the capacity to capture video footage.
Tesla vehicles are now prohibited from entering any Chinese military or housing complexes, according to the military. Tesla has now replied.
According to Reuters, Tesla said in a post on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, that the cameras in its vehicles are only operational in the United States.
And that’s it “Even in the United States, car owners have the freedom to choose whether or not to use the camera system.
Tesla has a network security infrastructure with world-leading security levels in place to protect user privacy.”
Musk also commented on the military ban last month during a virtual conference in Beijing, pointing out, “There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information … If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will get shut down.”
In China, Tesla faces stiff competition, with one low-cost electric vehicle already outselling it. The company is well aware of how convenient it will be for its vehicles to be barred due to suspicious activity, and is working hard to disprove the camera spying allegations.