Shanghai will further deepen its cooperation with Tesla to promote the EV maker's businesses including self-driving and robotics in the city, a local official said.
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Tesla's FSD (Full Self-Driving) may be getting closer to being available in China.
Shanghai will further deepen its cooperation with Tesla to promote the electric vehicle (EV) maker's businesses including self-driving and robotics in the city, a local official said.
The city will work with Tesla to build a technology industry cluster with core technology advantages for the global market, Chen Kele, deputy director of intelligent manufacturing promotion division at Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, said today.
Tesla's factory in Shanghai received a tour by local media today, and Chen mentioned this during a media briefing, according to The Paper.
Chen did not directly mention Tesla's FSD, but it was the first hint of support from a Chinese official for Tesla's FSD software.
Tesla, despite being a pioneer among EV companies in exploring autonomous driving, has been seen as slow to move in the area in China.
The EV maker is about to begin wide-scale testing of FSD in China, local media outlet Caixin said in an April 3 report.
All Tesla vehicles currently come with the free Basic Autopilot (BAP) software. In addition, Tesla also offers Enhanced Autopilot (EAP), FSD software as options.
EAP and FSD cost $6,000 and $15,000 respectively in the US and RMB 32,000 ($4,600) and RMB 64,000 respectively in China.
Tesla has made a positive contribution to the construction of a world-class automotive industry center in Shanghai, supporting the city's steady industrial economic growth, Chen said at today's event.
Tesla produced 727,000 vehicles in 2022, up 49.7 percent year-on-year, with an industrial output value of RMB 183.9 billion, Chen said, adding that this represents 23 percent of Shanghai's auto manufacturing output, driving industrial output growth by 1.3 percentage points.
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Tesla reportedly to begin large-scale testing of FSD in China