30 Nov Car Manufacturers Send Back Data to Government in China
The Associated Press recently reported that more than 200 car manufacturers working in China, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle startup NIO, are reportedly sending a significant number of data points and information back to government-run monitoring centers without the car owner’s knowledge.
The manufacturers have said that they were merely complying with local laws, which apply only to alternative energy vehicles. Meanwhile, Chinese officials say the data is used for analytics to improve public safety, facilitate industrial development and infrastructure planning, and to prevent fraud in subsidy programs. However, manufacturers in other countries that are major markets for electronic cars, such as the United States, Japan, and across Europe, do not collect this kind of real-time data.
Source: Idaho Statesman