Postponing India trip Elon Musk heads to China as Tesla seeks self-driving technology

JNS: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has embarked on a surprise visit to China, Tesla’s second-largest market, as the company seeks advancements in self-driving technology, according to media reports.

Musk’s journey to China comes after his planned visit to India was postponed a week earlier, citing ‘Tesla obligations.’ He was scheduled to visit India on April 22 to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and announce plans to enter the Indian market.

During his visit to China, Musk is expected to engage with high-ranking Chinese officials in Beijing. Discussions will focus on the implementation of Full-Self Driving (FSD) software in China and the necessary approvals to transfer locally collected data overseas for training algorithms in autonomous driving technologies, reported Reuters, citing sources.

In response to a query on the social media platform X, Musk hinted that Tesla might offer Full-Self Driving (FSD) to customers in China “very soon.”

Tesla has been compliant with Chinese regulations since 2021, storing all data collected by its Chinese fleet in Shanghai and refraining from transferring any data back to the United States, as per the report.

Despite the interest in FSD in China, Tesla has not yet introduced the model, the most autonomous version of its Autopilot software, in the country. FSD was rolled out by the US electric vehicle maker four years ago.

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