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China clamps down on auto data collection by Tesla and others

New rules would ban overseas transfer of road and landscape information

A Tesla car in Shanghai. The automaker is suspected of transferring data collected by its vehicles in China to the U.S.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has moved to sharply restrict the types of automotive data that companies can take beyond its borders, exercising greater control over a crucial factor in the competitiveness of Tesla and other global carmakers.

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