Full Self Driving Feature On The Tesla Worth $15,000, But Some Legislators Claim It Fails To Live Up To Its Name
Pricey as ever, the full self driving feature on the Tesla worth $15,000. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced a price hike of $3,000 for the option on Twitter at the end of last month. Tesla's "full self-driving" capability now costs an additional $10,000. Tesla offers "full self-driving" as an add-on at the time of purchase or as a subscription service for an additional charge.
Many current Tesla owners have said that if they were in the market for a new car right now, they would choose the cheaper Enhanced Autopilot, which combines features like automated parking and automated lane changes on highways, rather than the more expensive Full Self-Driving, which still costs $199 per month.
This week marks the formal implementation of the new pricing structure, which means customers who choose the FSD option for their Tesla will now be required to pay the higher price. For purchases placed before September 5 but not shipped until after that date, the pricing that was in effect in August, as Musk tweeted, will be honored.
For years now, Musk has maintained that Tesla will keep steadily raising the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package as capability increases, ultimately leading to the true ultimate form of the product, which is, as its name implies, the capacity to drive autonomously completely. It hasn't lived up to its moniker yet. It has been in beta for two years already, yet it is still far from self-driving.
In most places, including intersections, the system can turn on and drive, but the driver must be aware and take control. Many consider taking control of the system the most crucial step for self-driving system developers. Tesla has said that it is not there yet, and the FSD Beta comes with a lot of warnings that indicate driver responsibility.
Tesla sees each FSD upgrade as a step toward the goal, and some of them should lead to price increases for the package. Musk warned last month that Tesla would raise the bundle price from $12,000 to $15,000 with the broader release of FSD Beta 10.69.
The FSD package doesn't offer additional features for $3,000, but the "coming soon" "Autosteer on city streets" beta, which is invite-only, is improved with the newest version. It's crazy that if you already have Enhanced Autopilot, paying $9,000 for FSD provides you with nothing except the possibility to enter into FSD Beta, which isn't a reward either.
But that’s not actually what you are getting. Since Musk has made it obvious that he feels real self-driving is worth a lot more than $15,000, he predicts that the price will keep going up, leading to self-driving. So, buying FSD at $15,000 is more of a bet that Tesla will deliver real self-driving cars and that you are getting them for less than they will cost in the end.
Is it WORTH it to Upgrade to Tesla's FULL Self Driving ( Price Increase & Comparison)
This year, Tesla brought back Enhanced Autopilot as an option, and at $3,000, it's much cheaper than FSD. However, much like with FSD, drivers are urged to keep a watchful eye on the road and their hands on the wheel even while using Autopilot. In addition to changing lanes automatically, Autopilot also offers a Smart Summon function that lets users summon their vehicle from a parked position.
Unlike autopilot, which is best suited for highways, FSD enables autonomous driving on narrower roads and in cities. In addition, it recognizes and responds to stop signs and traffic lights. However, one driver had trouble when their vehicle began mistaking a full moon for a yellow traffic light.
Regarding the security of Tesla's autopilot features, the verdict is yet to be out. Even though many users have reported problems and warnings about their systems mistaking common objects for traffic signs, the occasional impressive video of a Tesla quickly swerving to avoid a collision does show that autopilot is worth buying.
The only company that can charge $15,000 for a feature that isn't even there yet (at least in its complete form) is Tesla. Add to that the fact that this feature is still being investigated, and it becomes even more perplexing as to why customers would volunteer to try out unfinished versions of so-called safety measures. Like the Tesla Cybertruck, Semi, and Roadster, Future Store Day (FSD) is still a product of the future to buy.