Tesla Launches Full Self-Driving Subscription

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Tesla launched a subscription to its Full Self-Driving feature — which is currently neither fully autonomous nor self-driving, but a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system; learn more here — for customers with appropriately equipped cars. Despite announcing in October 2016 that all vehicles being made were equipped with Full Self-Driving hardware, some customers will need to upgrade their Tesla’s hardware for a separate fee.

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Eligible vehicles are those with the Full Self-Driving computer version 3.0 or newer which have either Basic or Enhanced Autopilot functions. Those with Basic Autopilot will be able to subscribe to Full Self-Driving for $199 per month, while owners of Enhanced Autopilot-equipped Tesla models can subscribe for $99 per month.

Reports indicate that those who need to upgrade their vehicles’ hardware and are not eligible for a complimentary upgrade — per Tesla’s site, this applies to those who “have purchased Full Self-Driving Capability and have Autopilot Computer 2.0 or 2.5” — will have to pay $1,500 for the new hardware before being able to subscribe.

According to Tesla, subscribers can cancel their Full Self-Driving subscriptions at any time, and the functionality will remain present until the end of the last paid month. Tesla is also quick to point out multiple times that, despite Full Self-Driving’s name, it is not currently a fully autonomous feature.

According to a note on the Full Self-Driving subscriptions page, “These features are designed to become more capable over time; however, the currently enabled features do not make the vehicle autonomous. The currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.”

Owners are able to subscribe and schedule any necessary hardware upgrades via the Tesla smartphone app.

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