Tesla has raised the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package to $15,000, as promised by CEO Elon Musk.
For years, Musk has stated that Tesla would gradually raise the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package as functionality improves, eventually leading to the actual final form of the product, which is, as the name implies, the ability to fully drive autonomously.
However, the feature has yet to live up to its name. It has been in beta for two years and is still a long way from self-driving.
Technically, the system can activate and attempt to drive in most situations, including across intersections, but the responsibility remains with the driver, who must remain alert and ready to take control at all times.
Many consider the willingness to accept system responsibility to be the most important step that companies developing self-driving systems can take toward achieving this goal.
Tesla has made it clear that it is not there yet, and participating in the FSD Beta comes with a slew of warnings that emphasize the driver’s responsibility.
However, Tesla sees each new FSD update as a step closer to the goal, and some of those updates may even warrant price increases for the package.
Musk warned last month that as FSD Beta 10.69 became more widely available, Tesla would raise the price of the package from $12,000 to $15,000.
The FSD package doesn’t have any more features for the extra $3,000, but the “coming soon” “Autosteer on city streets,” which is currently in invite-only beta, is a little better with the latest update.
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