Tesla remotely shuts off autopilot on Model S after resaleFebruary 7, 2020
Tesla Motors remotely deactivated the Autopilot semi-automatic control system on the Model S electric car after it was resold by a third-party dealer. According to Elektrek, the automaker explained these actions by the fact that the new owner of the car did not pay for this function.
In mid-November 2020, Tesla sold the Model S electric car to an independent reseller at an online auction. The car was equipped with a proprietary Autopilot system with the possibility of further updating to the advanced FSD (Full Self-Driving) function, with which the car can independently respond to traffic lights, make overtaking and move in difficult urban traffic conditions.
At the same time, immediately after the sale, Tesla conducted a remote system audit, which showed that this car should not have these options, since they were not paid for. Shortly after the dealer sold the Model S to the new owner, Tesla remotely turned off the Autopilot feature.
The new owner of the car turned to the company, where they explained to him that the Autopilot function was turned off, because he did not pay for it. Thus, the American company provides access to some of its subscription options, which expires after the change of ownership.
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