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Berlin denies investigating Tesla

International Business
Sun, 10 Jul 2016

Berlin: Germany’s transport ministry has denied a media report that it was investigating Tesla Motors for updating driving assistance software without informing authorities, but said it was “clarifying technical issues” on the matter.

German magazine Der Spiegel reported that there were indications Tesla uploaded new software features to a driving assistance system which had not been examined for security during regular approval proceedings. The ministry therefore launched an investigation, it added.

“The report is incorrect,” a ministry spokesman said. “There are no investigation proceedings against Tesla. We are clarifying the technical issues,” he added.

“At the moment, it is a normal gathering of information on the status quo between the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA) and the ministry.”

A spokesperson for Tesla in Germany said it is co-operating with the KBA car watchdog, an agency that reports to the transport ministry in Berlin.

“We are fully aware that the KBA is investigating Tesla Autopilot components and we are co-operative in every aspect.”

Tesla later said that by “investigating”, they meant that German authorities were reviewing certain components.

“Tesla Motors has been transparently working with European authorities since its inception beginning with the Roadster model and continuing that working relationship to include Whole Vehicle Type Approval of Model S, Model X and in the future, Model 3,” the company said.

The spokesperson added that all Tesla type approvals have been historically issued by the RDW assembly and PDI facility in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

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