Tesla will raise the price of the self-driving feature

For the second time this year, Tesla is raising the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. We are talking about a 25% increase for American consumers.

Tesla is steadily raising the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature. In its early days, consumers had to pay $5,000 to add the software during setup, then $7,000 post-delivery. Since then, its price has increased several times and it should inflate again soon.

This new increase is not a surprise, since the boss of Tesla had already announced that he would increase the price of the FSD again in July. According to him, proposed at 12,000 dollars since the beginning of the year, the software was “ridiculously cheap”.

An announcement on Twitter

Elon Musk announced it on Twitter. The initial cost of driver assistance software is expected to drop from $12,000 to $15,000 on September 5. All orders placed before this date will retain the current price of $12,000. And this, even if the vehicles are delivered after September 5th. Regarding subscription plans, the billionaire did not specify whether Tesla was also going to revise prices upwards. Currently, adding the software costs up to $199 per month (or $12,000 one-time).

Not to be confused with Autopilot

FSD is a separate option from Autopilot. This is a driver assistance package that all new Tesla vehicles have. It includes features like “traffic-dependent cruise control” and “automatic steering”. For example, to automatically keep a Tesla vehicle centered in its lane and cause it to move at the speed of surrounding traffic, this pack relies on cameras, sensors, hardware and software.

The FSD includes more advanced functions. For example, “traffic and stop sign control” and “autopilot navigation”. This allows Tesla cars to automatically detect road signs and traffic lights to slow down, change lanes to take an exit or even go from a freeway ramp to an exit ramp by activating the turn signals. But beware, the FSD function does not make the vehicles completely autonomous. Drivers should remain attentive and keep their hands on the steering wheel while driving.

For the moment, the subscription to the Full Self-Driving function is not deployed in Europe. The program beta is only available in the United States. However, this could change soon, since level 3 driving, therefore the one offered by this option, has been legal in Europe since July 2022.

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