Elon Musk: Software will shape the future of the car industry; Chinese automakers most competitive with Tesla

In new comments, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said software will shape the future of the automotive industry and said he believes Chinese automakers are most competitive with Tesla on that front.

Musk made a pre-recorded appearance at the 2021 World New Energy Vehicle Congress in Hainan, China.

For those who listened to Musk during his normally unheard of presentations at Tesla events, it’s a sharp contrast as he is reading prepared answers to questions that were sent to him ahead of time.

Looks like an early version of the Tesla bot is filling in for that.

Here’s the full video of Musk’s answers to China’s questions 2021 World New Energy Vehicle Congress (Hat Tip To.) @JayinShanghai🙂

Musk commented on Tesla’s focus on ramping up electric vehicle production in China, while reducing costs to meet strong demand in the market, the world’s largest auto market.

The CEO also commented on the competition in China and what he believes is a leader in software:

“I have great respect for the many Chinese automakers driving these technologies. My clear observation is that Chinese automobile companies are some of the most competitive in the world, especially because some are very good at software.”

Musk said he believes “software will most likely shape the future of the automobile industry,” especially when it comes to autonomous driving software.

It is true that many Chinese EV startups like Nio and Xpeng have paid a lot of attention to the software.

However, Tesla had a problem with the latter, which it accused of stealing its Autopilot software.

Musk also briefly discussed the issue of data security when it comes to autonomous driving:

“Data security is not only a company responsibility but also a cornerstone of the growth of the entire industry. Tesla will work with national authorities in all countries to ensure the data security of intelligent and connected vehicles. Tesla shares benefits, responsibilities and governance. Digital future hopes to contribute to both. With the rapid development of autonomous driving technologies, the data security of vehicles is attracting more public concerns than ever before. We feel that the public’s concerns by implementing appropriate technological measures needs to be removed.”

Earlier this year, we reported Tesla facing some challenges in China with regards to data privacy, particularly when it came to storing data from cameras in its vehicles.

The People’s Liberation Army, China’s military, issued a notice banning Tesla owners from parking their vehicles at bases and housing complexes.

The concerns appear to be related to Tesla’s use of cameras around its vehicles and where the data is going.

Musk commented bluntly on the story, saying: “Tesla is not using the cameras of its vehicles to spy on China,” but that doesn’t ease concerns as even more government entities have reportedly Employees were told not to park their Tesla vehicles. on government property.

Following those conditions, Tesla announced that it would store all data collected in China locally.

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