German Government Falsely Accused Of Blocking Autopilot Software Updates
German authorities (as well as the governing branch in the Netherlands) last week shot down false reports made by the press on its interactions with Tesla. These reports claimed that Tesla was under investigation for its Autopilot system
This led some to believe that the German government might ban Autopilot.
However, that’s not the case as the German transport Ministry has stepped up to deny these claims. The German government admits to reaching out to Tesla after the fatal Autopilot accident, but says that it did so for “clarifying technical issues.”
A German Transport Ministry spokesperson released this statement:
“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.”
“There are no investigation proceedings against Tesla.”
So, nothing out of the ordinary, just a government agency trying to obtain information.
Tesla did release a brief statement on the matter:
“Tesla does its due diligence in making sure that its vehicles do not violate any national legal or safety regulations. It does not need to seek specific national type approvals in the in EU member states…”
Tesla vehicles obtain all of the necessary EU approvals from the RDW and PDI at its site in the Netherlands. Therefore, no specific nation-by-nation approvals are required for vehicles sold in EU member states.
Source: Learn Bonds