Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The geopolitical relationship between the United States (US) and China has become increasingly heated in recent months, especially in the technology sector. The two countries boycotted each other and accused each other’s technology of endangering national security.
Most recently, Tesla, which is a US company, was also affected. The company owned by Elon Musk is the biggest electric car player in China.
The country controlled by Xi Jinping has recently begun to ‘attack’ Tesla on classic accusations of security. Local media reported that airports in southern China banned Tesla car parking.
However, drop-off and pick-up methods with Tesla cars are still permitted.
Tesla’s car parking ban is due to the ‘sentry mode’ feature, which is a camera on the outside of the car that is used to detect suspicious activity when the owner is away.
The goal of sentry mode is to prevent thieves from robbing things in the car. Similar features are also available in electric cars made in China. It’s just that Tesla’s status as a US company worries the local government.
In response to this, Tesla explained that the data collected in sentry mode is only stored offline on a USB device in the car.
“Unlike other brands, Tesla owners and other people cannot view your car data remotely via sentry mode,” wrote a Tesla representative via Weibo account, quoted from TechCrunch, Tuesday (15/8/2023).
Tesla also emphasized that sentry mode must be activated manually by the car owner. The camera only works when a threat is detected.
Finally, Tesla also reminded Chinese citizens that their technology data center complies with the regulations in force in the Bamboo Curtain country. This clarification is to ensure that Tesla products comply with user privacy security.
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