Tesla Full Self-Driving Is Now Available As A Subscription

Though it's called Full Self-Driving, a driver still needs to be fully in charge.

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If you own a Tesla, you’ll likely know that adding the company’s “Full Self-Driving” feature, a NHTSA level 2 driver assistance feature, would come at a pretty hefty price: $10,000, to be exact. Now, the electronic driver aid will be available on a subscription basis for $99 or $199 per month, depending on the vehicle.

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This information has been gleaned from Tesla’s support page, which has been updated to reflect the subscription pricing. To subscribe to the Full Self-Driving Feature, you’ll have to have Autopilot. If you have Basic Autopilot, you’ll be paying $199 per month. With Enhanced Autopilot, that’ll be $99 per month.

So, instead of paying $10,000 up front, you’ll be paying just under $1,200 or just under $2,400. You’ll already need to have the Full Self-Driving computer available on your Tesla; if that’s missing, you can choose to download it from the Schedule Service section of Tesla’s app. That hardware will cost an additional $1,500.

As a reminder, the Full Self-Driving feature has a misleading name. It’s only a level 2 driver assistance technology, which means that a human driver needs to be monitoring the system at all times — which is something Tesla notes with the following paragraph:

Note: These features are designed to become more capable over time; however the currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous. The currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.

So, Full Self-Driving is so named to reflect the technology it will one day become, not the technology it currently is.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been promising a subscription-based FSD service for a while, and the company made its first steps toward rolling it out on a wider scale by introducing over-the-air software updates for the FSD beta of version 9.

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There are a few important things to note here, though. The subscription agreement on Tesla’s website notes that the company can increase the price of subscription at any time; owners will be given a one-month notice to determine whether or not they want to continue with FSD. They can also cancel at any time.

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moetop

I’m confused. The Basic is $199 and the Enhanced is $99??? Basic is better than enhanced.. they really do have a naming issue. Or does that mean another $99 and its $300?????? Will you have the option of doing the subscription and then paying the 10K later.. like try it out for 6 months for $99-$300 (Whatever) and then buy the Non subscription for 10K?