According to Hughes, he got into a “substantial back and forth” with the company about costs. He thinks there should be none considering that Tesla wrote on its blog on October 19, 2016, all cars would have “Full Self-Driving hardware.” On October 20, 2016, the company shared that blog post on Twitter, making the same promise.
As Hughes reasons, it was not for all car owners that paid for the FSD package, neither those that paid for future upgrades. It was for “all Teslas.” When the Tesla Hacker asked the company to stand up to its word, he heard “from the last person in the chain” that he should sue Tesla to get what it promised him and thousands of customers in the first place. And that’s probably what he will do.
Hughes had to block many Tesla fans that argued he was wrong, probably in a disrespectful way. Including himself as a Tesla supporter, he said that they “should be the ones most offended when they do something dishonest and hold them to a reasonable standard. We should not defend and twist when they go against what's clear in B&W.”
In other words, if Tesla said all its cars made after October 19, 2016, would have “Full Self-Driving hardware,” that’s what the company should stand for. Musk said the upgrades that are now necessary are included in the price, possibly meaning that those who paid for FSD are the ones who should get them. What Hughes argues is that it should be included in the price paid for the cars in light of Tesla’s promises.
Hughes is a Tesla researcher. He wants the hardware to understand how it works, even if he is not willing to pay $10,000 for FSD. It is not up to Tesla to decide if the hardware would be useless in a car without the software or not. If it said all its cars would have it, they have to have it: simple as that.
That leads us to another reflection on Tesla’s attitude. The company is deploying FSD Beta to thousands of new customers every week based on the promise it made in 2019 that all cars made from that point on would have all the hardware necessary for Full Self-Driving. That was not true, as Project Dojo demonstrates.
Perhaps Tesla should just stop making promises it cannot keep. That creates future liability such as the one Hughes will ask courts to enforce. The problem is that stopping with the autonowashing would probably affect Tesla’s irrational market cap. If it is based on the technology Tesla claims to have, the company should just deliver it. It promised to do so in 2016, in 2019, and we’re waiting for the next time it will promise the same thing again.
Meanwhile, customers like Hughes will try to hold the company accountable for its pledges while being bashed by those who fear what that may cause to their investments in Tesla. For someone who defended the company so many times in the past, such as against the sudden unintended acceleration accusations, it must be a bitter feeling. As Hughes states in his Twitter bio, he wants Tesla to succeed, but in the right way.
Yeah, although early production cars will need camera upgrades, as well as FSD computer (all included in the price)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2021
After some substantial back and forth with @Tesla over the FSD hardware cost issue, was finally almost directly just told to sue them by the last person in the chain, after all but admitting I am correct.— Jason Hughes (@wk057) October 28, 2021
This is pretty sad really, but I'm not going to stand down on this.
I fully understand that the majority of people who follow me here are Tesla fans.— Jason Hughes (@wk057) October 28, 2021
As Tesla fans, we should be the ones most offended when they do something dishonest and hold them to a reasonable standard. We should not defend and twist when they go against what's clear in B&W.
Fact: Tesla stated in October 2016: "All Tesla Cars Being Produced Now Have Full Self-Driving Hardware"— Jason Hughes (@wk057) October 28, 2021
Fact: Tesla vehicles shipped between October 2016 and (roughly) April 2019 did not ship with HW3, as it didn't exist until then.— Jason Hughes (@wk057) October 28, 2021
Tesla claimed (again) that all cars now have FSD hardware.https://t.co/CMDxoR9UuU
I mean really, guys... come on. pic.twitter.com/onndu6GNPs— Jason Hughes (@wk057) October 28, 2021