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Baidu is considering partnering with Tesla to use 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 collaboration opportunities with Tesla and could potentially utilize 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, to the Chinese government. He also suggested implementing Tesla’s FSD software in Chinese taxi services.

Baidu and Tesla already have a strong partnership in China, with Tesla planning to leverage Baidu Maps to enhance China’s version of FSD. Tesla’s FSD software received tentative approval in China last month after clearing crucial regulatory barriers, as confirmed by meetings held between Elon Musk and local industry experts.

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, mentioned that these efforts are paving the way for broader adoption and that he expects this progress will eventually lead to widespread regulatory approval in the U.S. and beyond.

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