Updated Apr 29, 2024 - Technology

Musk gets self-driving Teslas tentatively cleared in China during surprise trip

Elon Musk meets with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing yesterday.

Elon Musk meets with Chinese Premier Li Qiang in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Wang Ye/Xinhua via AP

Elon Musk made an unannounced trip to China to discuss the rollout of self-driving software in China.

Why it matters: The Tesla CEO received quick approval on expanding Tesla's business in the world's largest auto market, as the company's sales and stock prices have slumped.

  • Musk met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang, who said Tesla was a "successful model" for U.S.-China collaboration, CNN reported.

Zoom in: Tesla will partner with Chinese search engine Baidu for its Full-Self Driving function, per Bloomberg.

  • Tesla passed a data security and privacy requirement to bring the function to market in China.
  • Musk also discussed the transfer of Tesla data overseas, per Reuters.

What they're saying: "Honored to meet with Premier Li Qiang," Musk said on X, with a photo of the two of them.

  • "We have known each other now for many years, since early Shanghai days."

Catch up quick: Investors were eager for answers on demand and affordability during last week's Tesla earnings call.

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