Baidu contemplates implementing Tesla’s robotaxi technology in China

Baidu is considering a collaboration with Tesla to utilize the company’s robotaxi technology or Full Self-Driving (FSD) in China. Xu Baoqiang, General Manager of Baidu’s autonomous driving department, mentioned that the company would explore potential partnership opportunities with Tesla and could potentially use specific Tesla applications in China.

In early May 2024, the Chinese government showed support for Tesla FSD. Elon Musk proposed testing Full Self-Driving functions on vehicles in the Chinese market, such as taxis, and implementing Tesla’s FSD software in Chinese taxi services. The local government reportedly gave tentative approval to Tesla’s FSD software last month after clearing crucial regulatory barriers, as confirmed by meetings held between Elon Musk and local industry experts.

Baidu and Tesla already have a strong partnership in China, with Tesla planning to leverage Baidu Maps to enhance China’s version of FSD. The partnership has been instrumental in paving the way for broader adoption of autonomous vehicles in the country. While Tesla continues to work on regulatory approval for autonomous vehicles in the United States, progress is being made in some states that have already adopted laws related to autonomous vehicles. Lars Moravy, Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla, expects that this progress will eventually lead to widespread regulatory approval in the U.S. and beyond.

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