Elon Musk Visits Beijing Amid Talks on Tesla Full Self-Driving Software

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid a surprise visit to Beijing to discuss Tesla's operations and future ambitions in China.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk paid a surprise visit to Beijing to discuss Tesla's operations and future ambitions in China.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an unannounced visit to Beijing, where he is expected to discuss Tesla’s operations and future plans in China with senior officials, including the rollout of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software.

Discussions with Chinese Officials:

During his visit, Musk aims to address the delay in making Tesla’s FSD software available in China despite customer demand. 

Musk had earlier hinted at the possibility of introducing FSD to the Chinese market “very soon” in response to social media queries.

One of the key agenda items for Musk’s discussions is obtaining approval to transfer data collected by Tesla’s Chinese fleet abroad. This data is crucial for training algorithms for Tesla’s autonomous driving technologies.

Competition and Regulation:

Tesla faces competition from Chinese automakers, such as Xpeng, which have been rolling out similar autonomous driving software. 

Compliance with Chinese regulations, including data storage requirements, is essential for Tesla’s operations in its second-largest market globally.

U.S. Regulators Scrutinize Tesla’s Autopilot Recall:

In the United States, auto safety regulators have initiated an investigation into whether Tesla’s recall of over 2 million vehicles to install new Autopilot safeguards was adequate. 

This comes after a series of crashes raised concerns about the effectiveness of Tesla’s safety measures.

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