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Tesla’s FSD Fleet Hits Shanghai: 10 Cars Set for Pilot Ahead of Public Debut

Shanghai prepares for Tesla FSD with 10 pilot vehicles on the move.

Shanghai has ignited excitement by approving the testing of ten Tesla vehicles equipped with Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology, heralding a near-future public rollout.

Shanghai’s Approval Paves Way for Tesla China’s FSD Tests

A local government-backed initiative in Shanghai has granted permission for ten Tesla vehicles to conduct tests of the most advanced autonomous driving software developed by the company. This will pave the way for the implementation of the software in China. It was reported on Friday by the Shanghai Observer (via Teslarati).

Tesla's ability to compete with local competitors in China would be improved if the company were to successfully roll out its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software. This would also potentially transform the world's largest auto market into a battleground for less-priced driver assistance features, which would escalate the price war.

For a period of four years, Tesla has been providing FSD for subscription in China; nevertheless, the capabilities that are available to users are limited.​

During the month of April, Elon Musk, the CEO of the automobile manufacturer, made a surprise trip to Beijing, where it was speculated that he would discuss the implementation of FSD. According to a report that was published by Reuters in May, Tesla is beginning the process of registering FSD with the authorities in China in preparation for its scheduled rollout in this year.

During the same month, Chinese official media reported that Tesla had begun construction on a factory in Shanghai to manufacture its Megapack energy storage batteries. The Chinese media also praised the company's dedication to investing in China.

Tesla Registers FSD for 2024 China Rollout

According to The Shanghai Observer, the Nanhui New City, which is located in the financial hub, would "strengthen and supplement the chain" around Tesla's energy storage in order to significantly increase the concentration of the energy storage business.

As an additional step toward achieving local commercialization, Tesla has also signed a deal with Shanghai Lingang, the publication stated.

Tesla China’s Data Centers Aid FSD Compliance

When it comes to the launch of FSD in China, Tesla has been doing a lot of groundwork. A data center was established in Shanghai by Tesla in 2021. The site collects information from Tesla vehicles in China.

CnEVPost reported that it also contains data pertaining to Tesla China's production, sales, servicing, and charging operations. Additionally, Tesla China is able to meet regulatory standards with the help of these data centers.

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