Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company would cease to exist if its electric cars are used for spying. The businessman’s statement comes after Beijing restricts the US company’s use of electric cars in the country.
“We have a very strong incentive to highly respect the confidentiality of any information,” he stated Musk en line during the China Development Forum, a conference organized by a unit of the Asian country’s State Council. “If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere else, they will shut us down,” he added.
“If a commercial company were to spy, the negative effects for that company would be very bad,” Elon Musk clarified.
A day earlier, the Xi Jinping government banned Tesla cars from entering military and government installations for fear that they might spy on them. According to reports, the reason for the move was fears that cameras installed in vehicles could threaten national security.
The restrictions arose when top Chinese and US diplomats were holding a controversial meeting in the US state of Alaska, Reuters recalls. It was the first diplomatic contact of its kind between the two nations since Joe Biden took over as president, the agency notes. Elon Musk He also urged more mutual trust between the two economic powers.
China It represents the world’s largest automotive market and a key battleground for electric vehicles. In 2020 Tesla sold more than 130,000 cars in the country, which represents 30% of all its worldwide sales. However, lately the American giant has faced national rivals such as Nio and Geely on the Chinese ground.
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