The Transport Ministry in Germany denied a report indicating that it was investigating Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in connection with the updates on its driving assistance software without the approval of authorities.
Der Spiegel reported that there were signs that Tesla added new features to its driving assistance system. The new features were not yet evaluated for security during regular approval proceedings, which prompted an investigation from the Transport Ministry.
The German magazine also suggested that the inquiry’s on Tesla’s driving assistance system is focused on a device designed to regulate its vehicles’ car overtaking maneuvers. The German magazine did not mention a source for the information.
Der Spiegel added that the American electric car manufacturer could lose a type of approval for its Model S, which means it would be prohibited on the road if the Transport Ministry confirms the allegations. It also noted that Tesla’s type approval was issued in Netherlands, which means only the Dutch authorities can withdraw the approval for the European market.
Clarifying technical issues from Tesla
A spokesman for the Transport Ministry emphasized that the report was wrong. “There is no investigation against Tesla,” he said.
The spokesman explained, “We are clarifying the technical issues. At the moment, it is a normal gathering of information on the status quo between the car watchdog and the ministry.”
Tesla is cooperating with the Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA)
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Tesla in Germany said it is cooperating with the inquiry of Germany’s Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA), an agency under the Transport Ministry in Berlin.
“We are fully aware that the KBA is investigating Tesla Autopilot components and we are cooperative in every aspect. 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,” according to the spokesperson.
The spokesperson in Germany added that the electric car manufacturer is “does its due diligence to ensure that its vehicles do not violate any national legal or safety regulations.”
Furthermore, the spokesperson emphasized Tesla “does not need to seek specific national type approvals in EU member states since the RDW issued WVTA should be accepted as a legal compliance document.”