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Baidu looking into implementing Tesla’s robotaxi technology in China


May 15, 2024

Baidu is considering utilizing Tesla’s robotaxi technology or Full Self-Driving (FSD) in China. Xu Baoqiang, Baidu’s General Manager for the autonomous driving department, mentioned in an interview with Shanghai Securities News that the company is open to exploring potential collaborations with Tesla and utilizing specific Tesla applications in the Chinese market.

In early May 2024, the local Chinese government expressed support for Tesla FSD. Elon Musk reportedly proposed testing Full Self-Driving functions in vehicles already in use in China, such as taxis. Musk also suggested the possibility of integrating Tesla’s FSD software into Chinese taxi services, indicating a potential partnership between Tesla and local authorities in China.

Baidu and Tesla have an existing partnership in China, with Tesla planning to leverage Baidu Maps to enhance the development of FSD in the region. Recent reports indicated that Tesla’s FSD technology received preliminary approval in China, following discussions between Elon Musk and key figures in the Chinese automotive industry. It was noted that Beijing had given tentative approval for Tesla FSD after the technology met certain regulatory requirements in China.

While Tesla continues to work on obtaining regulatory approval for autonomous vehicles in the United States, several states have already adopted laws related to autonomous vehicles. These states are laying the groundwork for widespread operations of driverless vehicles, with the hope that data from such operations will lead to broader regulatory approval both in the U.S. and other countries. Lars Moravy, Tesla’s Vice President of Vehicle Engineering, emphasized the importance of ongoing work in states with autonomous vehicle laws to guide the adoption of self-driving technology globally.

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