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Tesla Achieves Data Security Clearance in China, Clearing Path for Autonomous Driving Software

China announces two Tesla models that meet automotive data security standards

In a significant development for Tesla’s expansion in the Chinese market, authorities have confirmed that two models of Tesla’s electric vehicles meet automotive data security standards, allowing the company to launch fully autonomous driving software in China.

This milestone comes as Tesla faces challenges such as being banned from certain high-security locations and increased competition in the electric vehicle market. Despite these hurdles, Tesla’s success in China has been seen as a successful example of Sino-US economic and trade cooperation, with its vehicles becoming a symbol of China’s urban middle class.

Key Concepts

  • Chinese authorities confirm Tesla’s models meet data security standards for autonomous driving in China.
  • Tesla’s success in China is seen as a positive example of Sino-US economic cooperation.
  • Concerns over Tesla’s cameras for autonomous driving led to bans in high-security locations in China.
  • Tesla announces layoffs due to declining sales and increased competition in the electric vehicle market.
  • Chinese automakers are posing a significant challenge to Tesla in the Chinese market.
  • China is facing economic challenges and seeking foreign investment.
  • The business environment in China is becoming more politicized, according to a survey by the European Chamber of Commerce.

Chinese authorities have confirmed that two models of Tesla’s electric vehicles meet automotive data security standards, clearing a major obstacle for Tesla to launch fully autonomous driving software (FSD) in China and expand the market.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers announced the news in an “authoritative release” on Sunday (April 28). On the same day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a whirlwind visit to Beijing and met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang. Li Qiang said during the meeting that Tesla’s development in China can be called “a successful example of Sino-US economic and trade cooperation.”

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Tesla launched fully autonomous driving software as early as four years ago, but it has not been approved by the Chinese authorities for so-called data security reasons. Although Chinese Tesla electric vehicle users have been calling on the government to do so as soon as possible, and Tesla Since 2021, La has stored all the data collected on Chinese users of Tesla electric vehicles in Shanghai in accordance with the requirements of Chinese regulatory agencies, and has never transmitted this data to the United States.

China is the world’s second-largest market for Tesla’s electric vehicles. The electric vehicles produced by Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory are not only supplied to the Chinese market, but also exported to Europe and other parts of the world. Agence France-Presse reported that although Musk is a controversial figure in the West, the electric vehicles he produces in China have become a symbol of China’s urban middle class.

However, Tesla vehicles have been banned from entering government compounds, military facilities, and important political activity venues in China because of the cameras necessary for fully autonomous driving.

Tesla announced earlier this month that it would lay off 10% of its global workforce due to declining sales and an intensifying price war for electric vehicles led by Chinese automakers.

China is currently facing pressure from slowing economic growth and the withdrawal of foreign investment. Chinese leaders are trying to persuade foreign businessmen to continue investing in China.

However, a March survey by the European Chamber of Commerce in China, which represents more than 1,700 European companies in China, showed that more than half of the respondents (55%) said that China’s business environment “has become more politicized in the past year.”

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