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Tesla is making big changes to its autonomous driving

Elon Musk still makes big decisions on Twitter. The Full Self-Driving (FSD) autonomous driving option will rise in price significantly.

New beta version of Tesla FSD // Source: Whole Mars Catalog

Full Self Driving (FSD), fully autonomous driving, Tesla has been testing its autopilot for several months in a beta program with owners with exemplary driving behaviour. The car must be able to drive on its own, not only on the highway, but also around the city. However, this is not Level 3 autonomous driving because you have to keep your hands on the wheel and stay alert.

Various announcements via Twitter

For the second time in 2022, Tesla is raising the price of the Full Self Driving (FSD) feature. Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the initial cost of driver assistance software will increase to $15,000 from September 5 in the US. The American automaker will honor the current price of $12,000 for orders placed before this date:

Please note that you can upgrade your current vehicle to FSD in 2 minutes via the Tesla app.

He did not say if Tesla would increase the cost of its FSD subscription plans. The option currently costs up to $199 per month.

No change in Europe

This type of subscription is not available in Europe and in particular in France, where you can’t use Full Self Driving (FSD) yet. The beta version of the program is only available in the US. However, we can subscribe to the autonomous driving option for 7500 euros without using the capabilities of our roads.

It’s only a matter of time before France and Europe allow level 3 driving as of July 2022. This measure, among other things, will require changes to the Vienna Convention, the text governing road traffic in many regions of the world, including Europe. Currently, very few vehicles can offer Level 3 autonomous driving. Indeed, only the Mercedes S-Class and EQS are equipped with it at the moment.

Note that we often refer to Tesla Autopilot, but FSD is offered as a separate option from Autopilot. Their differences? “Fully Autonomous Driving” or FSD (Full Self Driving) includes all the features of an autopilot, but adds recognition of traffic lights and traffic signs. As you can see in the video below, this makes it possible to drive a car even around the city.

Version 10.69 is coming, “a big leap forward”

As for the Tesla beta program in the US, the upcoming version 10.69 will be advanced enough to be available to all beta testers. The version promised by the billionaire as a “great leap forward” but we’ve gotten used to hearing that with every new beta.

FSD Beta 10.69 began rolling out to Tesla owners last night. This build is a big step forward!

10.69.1 probably later in the week with a wider release.

1069.2 should be enough for all FSD beta testers in a few weeks.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 21, 2022

If Elon Musk thus attracts the sympathy of his fans, then this message is addressed to his detractors. Tesla’s autopilot was recently attacked as part of a campaign funded by an American politician.

As a reminder, FSD was originally expected at the end of 2020, then at the beginning of 2021, an update for the autonomous driving feature is currently only expected in 2023.

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