A Tesla spokesperson told the South China Morning Post this week that the company technically didn’t apply for regulatory approval of autopilot in Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s traffic laws are identical to Europe’s.

Tesla disabled the autopilot feature last night (Nov. 19). “We are working with the Transport Department to obtain approval as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement. “While the outcome of regulatory reviews cannot be guaranteed, we are optimistic and expect to receive final approvals soon.

Hong Kong has been aggressively promoting the adoption of electric vehicles. The city is home to 3,000 electronic vehicles, about two-thirds of which are made by Tesla. The government waives taxes on new vehicle registration for individuals and businesses, and also has a $300 million fund to subsidize green technology upgrades for the city’s transportation providers. But green tech is not the same as self-driving tech, so the company’s positive environmental impact might not do much to dampen anxiety about autonomous cars.

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