For months, we have been raising the question of when Tesla's China fairy tale may come to a screeching halt. Now, it looks like we may be one step closer to the inevitable honeymoon ending.
That's because, in a stroke of ultimate irony, Tesla vehicles have now been banned from Chinese military complexes and housing compounds due to "concerns about sensitive data being collected by cameras built into the vehicles," according to Bloomberg.
The order was issued by the Chinese military and directs Tesla owners to park their vehicles outside of military property. China has concerns that Tesla is "collecting sensitive data via the cars' in-built cameras in a way the Chinese government can't see or control". Images of a purported notice of the ban were circulating on Chinese social media, with the notice proclaiming that cameras and ultrasonic sensors in Tesla cars may "expose locations," the report notes.