Tesla has relaunched its Enhanced Autopilot subscription option, which comes with nearly all Full Self-Driving (FSD) features. The cost of the driver assistance package is $6,000.
Tesla has changed subscription options and pricing several times over the years. Eventually, the automaker made Autopilot Autosteer and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control standard on its vehicles and bundled the rest of the features into a "Full Self-Driving Package" (FSD), which gradually rose to $12,000.
Prior to this, Tesla offered an "advanced autopilot" that included most of the features currently available in the FSD package, with the exception of the potential to unlock a true full autonomous driving system in the future.
Since the introduction of a full-fledged autopilot is constantly delayed, the automaker has constantly implemented some features of the Enhanced Autopilot in the FSD package.
However, Tesla is now bringing back Enhanced Autopilot with key features from the Full Self-Driving Capability package, including autopilot navigation, automatic lane change, automatic parking, smart calling, and more. At the same time, users are offered all the functions of basic and advanced autopilot.
The move is likely aimed at boosting Tesla's revenue as the Enhanced Autopilot option will become more popular. It also makes the FSD package harder to sell because it now costs $6,000 more than Enhanced Autopilot, but only adds a couple of features in beta mode.
Elon Musk says...
CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly said that Tesla plans to increase the price of the FSD package as the company moves closer to a true autonomous driving system.
Initially, Tesla sold the possibility of future access to FSD for $7,000, then the price for test versions rose to $10,000. FSD is not available to all owners of Tesla electric vehicles. It can be activated if the on-board computer system FSD 3.0 (HW3) or higher is installed in the electric vehicle from the factory. The owner can supply it for an additional $1500.
Last summer, Tesla launched a subscription to the FSD driver assistance service for $199 per month, or $99 if the Tesla owner has the Enhanced Autopilot package.
The American motor vehicle safety regulator, which is investigating several Tesla Autopilot incidents, recently found that in most recorded cases, the driver assistance system turns off seconds before the accident.
Sources: Python.Engineering, electrek.co