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Tesla to charge $199 per month for Level 2 autonomy

‘Full Self-Driving’ subscription service does not make for a self-driving car

Ben Wodecki

July 19, 2021

2 Min Read

‘Full Self-Driving’ subscription service does not make for a self-driving car

Tesla owners can now access advanced driver assistance features for $199 per month, with the release of a new subscription service.

The Full Self-Driving’ subscription package includes Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Auto Park, Summon and Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control – all of which require active driver supervision when enabled.

Previously, Tesla owners had to purchase the ‘Full Self-Driving’ package for a one-off payment of $10,000.

Vehicle owners who bought the now-discontinued Enhanced Autopilot package can get access to the Full Self-Driving subscription for $99 per month.

Despite the name, FSD is essentially a collection of Level 2 autonomous features enabling partial driving automation, with the company stressing that “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.”

Yet another subscription

During a conference call following the company’s Q1 2020 results, billionaireCEO Elon Musk said that Tesla was planning on offering a subscription by the end of 2020 – with it being pushed back to midway through this year as his team focused on “removing radars” and “confirming safety.”

Tesla vehicles equipped with Full Self-Driving computer 3.0 or above, and Basic Autopilot, are eligible for the subscription service; the owners of older, pre-2019 models will have to spend $1,500 on hardware upgrades to make them FSD-capable.

The $1,500 charge is proving especially controversial, since Tesla previously told all customers that their cars were capable of full self-driving, and wouldn’t require additional hardware upgrades. “All Tesla Cars Being Produced Now Have Full Self-Driving Hardware,” the company proclaimed in 2016, in marketing materials unearthed by Elektrek.

Users can cancel their Tesla subscriptions at any time – with FSD capabilities running until the remainder of the current billing period.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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