Tesla FSD Subscriptions Roll Out at $99 or $199 Per Month

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Tesla vehicles manufactured after September 2014 are equipped with Autopilot 1.0 as the Palo Alto-based automaker likes to call its first proprietary semi-autonomous driving system. Not long after that, Tesla introduced Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability.
Be that as it may, regulatory counsel Eric C. Williams told the California DMV that both systems amount to Level 2 assistance. It’s a bit of a shame considering that Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability indicate Level 5 autonomous tech, but Tesla doesn’t plan to leave things as they are now.

In order to democratize semi-autonomous driving tech, FSD is now available as a monthly subscription, which is far more convenient than the $10,000 standalone FSD option. Basic Autopilot to FSD Capability costs $199 per month while Enhanced Autopilot to FSD Capability is $99 per month.

These subscriptions are available through the Tesla mobile app on vehicles with the FSD 3.0 computer or above. Customers who cancel their subscriptions, regardless of reason, will enjoy Full Self-Driving Capability features for the remainder of their current billing periods as per Tesla.

Currently available only in the United States, the FSD subscriptions aren’t trivial expenses. Standalone, the Full-Self Driving Capability package costs the equivalent of 50 months of the $199 subscription, which means that a subscriber can match the $10,000 optional extra in just over four years.

The closest rival to Tesla’s subscription system is Super Cruise from General Motors, which is going to extend from certain Cadillac nameplates such as the Escalade full-size SUV to the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali for the 2022 model year. Super Cruise retails from $2,500 with three years of service included in the Escalade, but following this period, Cadillac charges $25 per month on a standalone basis or $15 per month when bundled with an OnStar plan.

At the present moment, Full-Self Driving Capability augments the Autopilot system with Level 2 semi-autonomous features such as Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control, Summon, Autopark, and Lane Change Assist. By the end of the year, Autosteer on city streets will be added to the suite in the U.S. of A.
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