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 upgrading 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.