Tesla developing platform to allow car owners in China data access
A Tesla store in Shanghai, March 5, 2020. /CFP

A Tesla store in Shanghai, March 5, 2020. /CFP

U.S. electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc. on Thursday said 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 to access car data in China, the world's biggest car market.

Automakers have been equipping more vehicles with cameras and sensors to capture images of a car's surroundings in recent years. Control of the usage, transmission and storage of these images is a rapidly developing 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.

(With input from Reuters)

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