Tesla Motors Inc. has been cleared by German authorities of a false report made by the media last Friday. Publications in the country led the public to believe that Tesla was under investigation from the German Transport Ministry. The probe was thought to be because the EV maker updated its Autopilot software without certain approvals. Now Germany’s government has ruled out the claim, saying it was only “clarifying technical issues.”
False Tesla claims by German media
“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.” This report was made by spokesman for the ministry. He went on to say that his department was merely “clarifying the technical issues.”
Der Spiegel is a popular magazine in Germany. Last Friday, it reported that Tesla Motors is currently dealing with some extreme consequences for uploading new drive assist software. This was allegedly done without the government knowing. Without citing any sources, Der Spiegel said the updates did not go through regular security reviews. The Transport Ministry was said to have launched an investigation as a result.
But the Ministry put the matter in place this week and said that “the report is incorrect. There are no investigation proceedings against Tesla.
Tesla itself responded to the claims, saying it doesn’t actually need the approval of E.U. states to make such updates. Reuters reports a company spokesperson explaining.
“Tesla does its due diligence in making sure that its vehicles do not violate any national legal or safety regulations,” the spokesperson insisted. “It does not need to seek specific national type approvals in the in EU member states…” The company said this is because every Tesla type go-ahead the company need is approved and issues by the RDW and PDI facilities in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Just another day at Tesla
Tesla admits certain parts being routinely reviewed by authorities, but that that was the extent of the matter. The firm says that it has been working transparently the states of the E.U. Ever since the Tesla Roadster was rolled out. The luxury EV maker insists that it will keep “that working relationship to include the Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) of Model S, Model X and the future Model 3.”
The danger of the alleged unauthorized software, according to Der Spiegel, is that it governs the overtake maneuvering Teslas while Autopilot is enabled. The ramifications were thought to be as sever as Tesla losing its their right to be drive on E.U. Roads.
Germany is renowned for its automotive history. The nation houses motoring legends such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. According to CEO Elon Musk, conquering then German market could mean a big deal for the company. Germany is among Europe’s largest and most influential car markets.
Back in the U.S., Tesla Motors is still under investigation for the fatal Autopilot crash that resulted in the death of a Model S driver. The incident has consumers as well as authorities around the world currently standing on edge about the technology.