Customers can now pay $199 per month to subscribe to Tesla’s premium driver assistance package rather than spending $10,000 upfront.
The driver assistance technology, dubbed Full Self-Driving Capability (or FSD), does not make Tesla’s electric vehicles safe to drive without an attentive driver behind the wheel.
A monthly subscription for full self-driving functionality is now available. For $199, you can get features like Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Auto Park, Summon, and Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control for your Model Y. The functions that are currently enabled require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle self-driving.
This person’s Tesla Model Y had all of the necessary components to begin an FSD subscription. Meanwhile, other owners complained that they would have to pay $1,500 to upgrade their Tesla’s computer to the Hardware 3.
Customers who purchased Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot package, which is no longer available, can subscribe to FSD for $99 per month. However, they may need the HW3 upgrade.
FSD functions are subject to change. They are limited by region and can only be used on Tesla vehicles equipped with updated hardware and Autopilot.
Tolls, parking, and other traffic offences in a Tesla with FSD functions enabled are the driver’s responsibility. Tesla reserves the right to raise the price of a subscription at any time. However, they will provide drivers with one month’s notice before invoicing them at the new rate.
Owners can discontinue FSD at any time, but the firm will not prorate their monthly payment if they do.
Driver must not use the technology for “anything prohibited or inappropriate” or for non-payment. In these cases, Tesla reserves the right to suspend or cancel their FSD subscription.
The premium FSD package enables
Autopilot is a suite of driver assistance systems that comes standard on all current Teslas.
Smart Summon, which allows a driver to summon their Tesla from across a parking lot or down a long driveway using the Tesla mobile app as a remote control, is available with the premium FSD package. Tesla has also promised that a feature called Autosteer on city streets will soon be available to FSD drivers. However, the firm is considerably behind schedule in providing a sophisticated “robotaxi”. This much is clear from its initial and even updated goals.
Tesla allows select customers early access to a beta version. FSD to help enhance incomplete driver aid capabilities, thus turning thousands of everyday drivers into software testers on public highways across the United States.
A request for more information, including whether FSD users will be eligible to join in the FSD Beta program, was not immediately returned by Tesla. Tesla has been telling regulators at the California DMV and NHTSA that its FSD and FSD Beta technology amounts to a “level 2” system in recent months, as CNBC previously reported. “Level 2” refers to vehicle automation categories written by a professional association for engineers, SAE International.
Automatic lane centring, which works in concert with adaptive cruise control, is available on Level 2 vehicles. A level 4 vehicle, on the other hand, may not require a steering wheel or pedals and can function as a local, autonomous taxi in certain circumstances, such as good weather.