Tesla Developing Platform to Allow Car Owners in China Data Access, to Launch Later This Year

This is the first time an automaker has announced plans to allow customers access car data in China.

Tesla Developing Platform to Allow Car Owners in China Data Access, to Launch Later This Year

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Tesla is set to launch its data platform this year

Highlights
  • Tesla announced plans to provide data access to its customers in China
  • The company makes Model 3 and Model Y cars at its Shanghai factory
  • Tesla locally stores its car data in China

US electric-vehicle maker Tesla said on Thursday it was developing a platform for car owners in China that will allow them to access data generated by their vehicles.

Tesla, which makes Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles at its Shanghai factory, aims to launch the data platform this year, it said in a statement.

This is the first time an automaker has announced plans to allow customers access car data in China, the world's biggest car market.

Automakers for the past several years have been equipping more vehicles with cameras and sensors to capture images of a car's surroundings. Control of use, sending and storage of these images is a fast-emerging challenge for the industry and regulators worldwide.

China last month published draft rules to ensure the security of data generated by smart cars. Data collected from Tesla electric cars in China is stored in the country, a company executive said last month.

Tesla in April was targeted by state media and regulators after a customer, angry over the handling of her complaint about malfunctioning brakes, climbed on top of a Tesla car in protest at the Shanghai auto show. Videos of the incident went viral.

Tesla provided the data related to the brake incident to the customer complying with the local authorities' order.

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