Tesla’s FSD (Full Self-Driving) might be cruising down Chinese roads sooner than you think, according to comments made by a Shanghai government official recently. Chen Kele, the deputy director of Shanghai’s Intelligent Manufacturing Promotion Division, let slip that Shanghai and Tesla have plans to “further deepen cooperation” on autonomous tech and robotics. The goal? To build “a core technology advantage” and establish Shanghai as a global hub for advanced technologies like self-driving cars.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Tesla’s FSD suite could be gearing up for a China debut in the not-too-distant future. The launch of Tesla’s next-gen Hardware 4.0 computers and the arrival of FSD in China would shake up the competitive landscape in a huge way. For starters, Chinese cities would likely move a heck of a lot faster to approve autonomous taxis and robotaxis.
The battle for the smart EV market in China would also heat up in a hurry. Traditional automakers in particular would face an uphill climb, as Tesla would have the means to bring urban autonomous driving to the masses at a lower price.
The future is coming, and it’s coming fast.