The company Tesla Motors remotely deactivated the system is semi-automatic control Autopilot on the Model S electric car after its resale third-party dealer. As reported Eleсtrek, these actions carmaker explained that the new owner of the car didn’t pay for this feature.
In mid-November, 2020, Tesla sold on the online auction electric car Model S independent dealers. The car was equipped with a proprietary Autopilot system with the possibility of further upgrade to advanced function FSD (Full Self-Driving), with which the machine is able to respond to traffic lights, to overtake and to move in difficult conditions of urban traffic.
Immediately after the sale of Tesla held remote system audit, which showed that this vehicle should not have these options, because they were not paid. Shortly after the dealer sold the Model S to a new owner, Tesla remotely shut off the Autopilot feature.
The new owner of the car contacted the company where he explained that the Autopilot feature was turned off because he didn’t pay for it. Thus, the American company provides access to some subscription options, which ends after a change of ownership.