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Tesla opens new China research, data centers; will store data locally

Tesla opens new China research, data centers; will store data locally

FILE PHOTO: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING: US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc said on Monday it had built a research centre and a separate data centre in Shanghai, where it manufactures Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles.

The auto research and development centre, Tesla's first outside the United States, employs engineers for software, electronics, materials and charging, it said in a statement.

The new data centre for factory production will store Tesla's operation data locally. Last month, China's industry ministry published new draft measures that require companies to store important industry-related data locally.

During a wide-reaching global semiconductor chip shortage over the past months, Tesla's research team had tweaked some software programmes and made adjustments to ease the pressure brought by the chip shortage, according to the statement.

Tesla, however, did not say whether it uses fewer chips in its vehicles.

In May, Tesla said it had established a site in China to store car data in accordance with separate regulatory requirements. Data policy has become a key area Chinese regulators have targeted amid an ongoing crackdown on industry over the past year.

China's data security law builds on a 2017 cybersecurity law, which marked the first major set of rules governing the storage and transfer of data of Chinese origin.

Source: Reuters

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