Tesla has raised the price of “full self-driving” for its feature. It now costs $15,000, which is a very expensive option for a car.
Musk last month tweeted that FSD Beta 10.69.2 will be widely released and the price of FSD will rise to $15k in North America starting September 5.
The new software version release was delayed to Monday, “probably the end of the week.” Musk stated that the new software version needed some polishing, but the price hike took effect.
Tesla owners who paid much less for an unfinished version of the “full self-driving”
software, which now sells for $15,000, caution that this new price is not sensible for most buyers.
13 people have cars equipped with “full self-driving” beta, while the overwhelming majority (11 people) said that they didn’t think it was worth $15,000. The drivers claim that the software has been improved but not enough to justify the price. The drivers describe having to pay more attention when using full self-driving, which is sometimes harder than driving on their own. It can also be unpredictable. The feature has been installed in more than 100,000 Tesla vehicles.
Tesla buyers have the option to purchase “full autonomy” when they purchase their vehicle. Or, they can pay a monthly subscription fee to access the feature. Many Tesla drivers suggested that if they were in the market for a Tesla today, they would either opt for the $199 per month subscription fee for “full Self-Driving” or the less expensive Enhanced Autopilot. This feature combines features such as automated parking and automatic lane changes on the highways but it is still an incomplete product.
Three people stated that “full-self-driving”, as they call it, is worth the high cost because they enjoy testing new technologies and are excited about the possibilities of what “full-self-driving,” might become.
Brian Moody, the executive editor at AutoTrader.com, stated that despite many years of delays, he admires the optimism displayed by all of these people. He said they believe that “full self-driving” will soon be able to handle all driving duties. “I wish that I could be that.”
Moody said that full self-driving is more expensive than other driver-assist packages such as GM’s SuperCruise or Nissan ProPilot Assist. SuperCruise costs approximately $2,500, plus a $25 monthly connectivity fee after the third year. ProPilot assistance can cost less than $2,000 in certain cases.
These driver-assist packages promise limited functionality. Musk claims that these driver-assist packages can steer and keep up traffic on certain highways. However, Tesla owners will soon be able to use their cars as autonomous robotaxis without the need for a driver.
Options can reach $10,000, although it is not uncommon for them to include add-ons such as an adaptive suspension, engine upgrade, and adaptive headlights.
Moody stated that he expects customers to pay the monthly subscription for “full self-driving” instead of $15,000 for the promise of future features.
Take the plunge
Wisam Al Rawi purchased a Tesla with driver-assist software four years ago in the hope that it would eventually drive itself. Al-Rawi was fed up with the software’s shortcomings last month. He asked Tesla for its removal.
California residents are now shocked to learn that Tesla has raised the price for “full self-driving” to $15,000, despite it falling short of their projections.
Al-Rawi stated, “I wouldn’t even pay $10,000 for it.” “They overpromised like mad.”
Tesla believes that the feature, which Tesla says is still in testing or “beta” despite being widely released, will be more valuable than the price it’s currently selling.
Musk tweeted in 2020 that “the FSD price will continue rising as the software becomes closer to full self-driving capability with regulatory approval.” “FSD’s value is likely to be more than $100,000 at that point.”
Al-Rawi was not able to hear Musk say that “full self-driving” was possible. Musk has stated every year, from 2015 to 2022, that self-driving Teslas are only a year away.
Al-Rawi stated that it was difficult to use the “full-self-driving beta” because the software could sometimes hit curbs or drive on the wrong sides of the road. Road rage was triggered when his car would stop unexpectedly.
“He promised that your car could be used as a taxi. Al-Rawi stated that this was going to generate income. “Unfortunately, none” of these things happened.
Al-Rawi believes that Tesla’s driver-assist technologies are superior to any other automaker. Al-Rawi still believes that Tesla’s driver-assist features are superior to any other automaker. He also praises the “full self-driving” feature which uses local roads for navigation.
Al-Rawi’s concern about Teslas and unanticipated braking is not the only one. After hundreds of complaints about unexpected braking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (which regulates motor vehicles) launched an investigation in February.
Many Tesla owners have not regretted their purchase due to the limitations of “full-auto-driving”.
Logan Rossignol, who was a Tesla full-autonomy beta tester, said that FSD is not useful. You’re still paying for the promise. It’s up to you to decide how much that promise is worth.
Rossignol believes the investment was worthwhile because he is a software engineer and loves experimenting with technology. Over-the-air software upgrades allow for “full self-driving” to be updated regularly. Some drivers wake up with new technology to play with and test.
Sunny Gulati, who stated that he paid $8,000 to have “full self-driving,” said that he gets an “inherent joy” watching his Tesla navigate the roads. He stated that he doesn’t envy other cars on the roads. He doesn’t need the system to be perfect to love it.
Gulati justified his purchase of “full-self-driving” partly because he believed it would one day eliminate the need for a second car. Gulati stated that he would not have been able to afford $15,000 for “full-self-driving” and would choose the monthly subscription fee if he could.
Don Burke purchased his Model S in 2019, as he wanted to own a car one day.
According to the Virginia resident, he suffers from muscular dystrophy. His legs are becoming weaker. In a few years, he will be in a wheelchair.
Burke spoke on a multi-month-long road trip across the United States.
He drives as many as 600 miles per day and believes that Tesla’s driver assistance technology makes it safer. He stated that he believes humans are bad drivers and pointed out the many road deaths.
Burke stated that $15,000 for “full self-driving” would be worth it if he were to go back on the market for a Tesla.
Burke stated, “I love being mobile.” “I want a machine that can take me where I need to go when I’m in a wheelchair.”