Tesla Plans to Test Autonomous Driving Taxi in China

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, recently made a surprise visit to China, sparking a flurry of discussions and conjectures about the potential rollout of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology in the country. According to China Daily, multiple sources suggest that Tesla has expressed interest in launching a fleet of autonomous taxis in China. The Chinese government appears open to the idea, potentially allowing preliminary domestic tests and demonstrations, but is yet to fully greenlight the comprehensive deployment of FSD in China.

Some experts interpret the recent approval of the TikTok-related bill by the U.S. Congress as a sign of escalating trade protectionism. However, China’s willingness to facilitate Tesla’s in-country testing of cutting-edge technology is seen as a mutual embrace between foreign investment and the Chinese market. This move is yet another display of China’s proactive approach to fostering openness.

The Chinese government is welcoming to foreign companies looking to introduce advanced autonomous driving technologies within its borders, thereby promoting a symbiotic growth of both local and international technologies, noted China Daily.

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