Tesla has recently launched its highly-anticipated Full Self-Driving (FSD) subscription service, allowing customers to access the advanced autonomous driving features of Tesla's vehicles on a month-to-month basis.
The FSD subscription service has been in development for several years, and the company has been testing the technology with early access users for some time. Now, Tesla owners can pay $199 per month for access to the FSD features, which include advanced driver-assist capabilities such as automatic lane changes, summoning the vehicle to come to the owner, and the ability to navigate on and off-ramps on the highway.
Previously, Tesla owners could only purchase the FSD technology as a one-time $10,000 option or as part of a vehicle's purchase price. The new subscription service provides a more affordable option for Tesla owners who want to experience the latest autonomous driving technology without paying the full upfront cost.
In addition to the subscription service, Tesla has also announced that it will be rolling out a major update to its FSD technology, including a new feature called "Tesla Vision," which uses cameras instead of radar to detect objects in the vehicle's surroundings. The company claims that this update will improve the vehicle's safety and overall autonomous capabilities.
The FSD subscription service is currently only available to Tesla owners in the United States, but the company plans to expand the service to other countries soon.
Tesla's move to offer a subscription-based option for its FSD technology is a significant step forward in making advanced autonomous driving accessible to a broader audience. With more Tesla owners able to access the latest autonomous driving features, the company's goal of achieving fully autonomous driving could become a reality sooner than expected.