Buying a Tesla equipped with an autonomous driving system will soon not be enough to benefit from it… Tesla has just announced that it will now charge the modest sum of $ 199 per month to unlock the functionality. In short, a subscription system for autonomous driving… Who would have thought one day to read such a sentence?
At Tesla, innovation is not only in technology, but also in the means to finance its development. Indeed, the company now offers a subscription to unlock its “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) functionality, or “fully autonomous” driving, although this name is misleading.
FSD: a system that is not quite autonomous
According to Tesla’s website, customers can now access FSD for a monthly subscription of $ 99 or $ 199. The price is determined by the basic Autopilot system enjoyed by the customer’s vehicle. Vehicles equipped with the Basic Autopilot system will require the subscription at $ 199 while those equipped with the Enhanced Autopilot will be at an advantage.
However, it should be noted that this system, although capable of unassisted driving, requires the driver to actively supervise and at least put his hands on the steering wheel. If so, the system turns off. Similar technologies benefiting from the same type of security, although often less advanced, are also offered by other brands (free of charge, however).
“ With Full Self-Driving (FSD), you’ll have access to a suite of more advanced driver assistance functions, designed to provide more active guidance and assisted driving under your active supervision. », Explains the company.
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Tesla’s FSD, which was updated to version 9.0 (still in beta) in early July, requires users to be ready to take back control if needed, in the event of an error. , bad decision by AI or complete dysfunction.
In addition to the subscription plan, Tesla’s FSD is also available for purchase, for the sum of $ 10,000. For now, the brand says the subscription update is only available in the United States. Users from other countries must therefore pay this amount for the moment if they want to be the first to benefit from the new features.
The company insists that, despite its name, this suite of features should not be viewed as a system that makes the vehicle autonomous, or at least not safe. ” Currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is ready to take over at any time “.