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Elon Musk Visits China to Advance Full Self-Driving Technology for Tesla

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has embarked on a visit to Beijing to engage in discussions aimed at enabling Full Self Driving (FSD) capabilities for Tesla vehicles in China, as reported by various media outlets.

Musk’s objective during his visit is to explore the possibility of implementing FSD functionality in China and to facilitate the transfer of data collected within the country to aid in training Tesla’s autonomous driving algorithms.

Although FSD is currently operational in several countries, including the United States, it has yet to be introduced in China, a significant market for Tesla. The visit comes amidst increasing competition from domestic Chinese automakers such as Xpeng, which have been integrating similar self-driving features into their vehicles.

Tesla has previously taken measures to address Chinese regulatory concerns regarding FSD implementation, including the establishment of a data centre in Shanghai to process local consumer data in compliance with regional regulations.

The trip coincides with ongoing scrutiny of Tesla’s autonomous driving technology by regulatory authorities. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently initiated an investigation into the effectiveness of a previous recall related to safety issues associated with Tesla’s driver assistance system.

Critics have accused Elon Musk of overstating the capabilities of Tesla’s autonomous driving technology to bolster the company’s stock performance. Despite Mr. Musk’s promises of achieving full autonomy in previous years, challenges such as declining global demand for electric vehicles and increased competition from Chinese manufacturers have impacted Tesla’s profitability and stock value.

Tesla reported a significant decline in profits for the first quarter of the year, with its stock experiencing a 43% decrease in value since the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, Mr. Musk remains optimistic about the future of Tesla’s autonomous driving ambitions, recently announcing plans to unveil the company’s robotaxi service in August.

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