On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk The company announced on Twitter that the company will increase the price of its advanced driver assistance package from $10,000 to $12,000 on January 17th, only for US customers, and the service will be sold in the form of fully autonomous driving or FSD.
In a series of posts on Twitter with 69.2 million followers, Musk wrote: “The Tesla FSD price rose to $12,000 on January 17. It’s in the United States. As we approach the release of the FSD production code, FSD Prices will rise.”
When a follower asked him about Tesla’s FSD subscription product (most customers currently have a monthly fee of $199), Musk pointed out that “when FSD is widely released, the monthly subscription price will increase.” He Also teased the new version of FSD Beta, which is an invitation-only program that provides more advanced features for selecting Tesla-qualified drivers.
Tesla It did not accurately disclose in its earnings report how many customers pre-paid FSD or subscribed to FSD each quarter. Therefore, it is not clear to what extent the US price increase will increase its future profit margins.
The company’s standard driver assistance packages are sold as Autopilot and become standard equipment for all its new cars (Model S, X, Y, and 3).
According to Tesla, autonomous driving features include, but are not limited to, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping, and adaptive cruise control. These features can basically match the speed of your car with the speed of the surrounding traffic. website.
Tesla’s fully automated driving option, also known as FSD, is an advanced package that includes autonomous driving features, as well as more complex features such as automatic lane changing, stop light recognition and “smart summoning”, allowing drivers to call them from the parking lot Of cars pick them up on site, using their smartphones and Tesla apps, just like a remote control. Despite the name, today it does not allow cars to drive autonomously without driver intervention.
In addition, there is an FSD Beta layer, which includes more advanced features.
Musk said in a tweet on Friday that the new 10.9 version of the FSD Beta update is about to be completed.
Only if you receive, purchase or subscribe to FSD “Safety rating” From Tesla, you can get the FSD test version. After entering, they can test unfinished functions, such as “automatic steering on city streets.” Tesla said that it will eventually enable drivers to drive on residential and urban ground streets, avoiding all obstacles, without having to turn on their own .
California Department of Motor Vehicles and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigating Different aspects of Tesla FSD development and technology.
Tesla has told the two organizations that its technology is only a “level 2” system. According to the definition of DMV, “Level 2 systems can improve safety or provide driver assistance, but cannot drive or operate a vehicle without human active physical control or monitoring.”
But Musk hinted that the company’s technology is more advanced than Level 2. In an interview published on December 28, 2021, Youku anchor Lex Fridman asked Musk: “When do you think Tesla will solve Level 4 FSD?” Musk replied: “It looks like it will probably be next year,” meaning 2022.
Since 2016 or so, Tesla has promised to launch self-driving cars, but the company has not yet demonstrated self-driving cars in the United States, and Elon Musk has said that this will be achieved by the end of 2017.