Tesla just introduced a way for customers to subscribe to its premium driver assistance package for $199 a month, rather than paying $10,000 upfront.

One eligible owner shared a notice they received from Tesla on Friday with CNBC, which said:

Tesla Owners Can Now Get FSD Premium Driver Assistance


Tesla Owners Can Now Get FSD Premium Driver Assistance

“Full Self-Driving capability is now available as a monthly subscription. Upgrade your Model Y … for $199 (excluding taxes) to experience features like Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Auto Park, Summon and Traffic Light, and Stop Sign Control. The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”

Customers who had bought Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot package previously can subscribe to FSD for a lower price of $99 a month but may require the HW3 upgrade. They are not selling this any longer though.

On a first-quarter earnings call, Tesla CFO Zachary Kirkhorn said, “If you look at the size of our fleet and you look at the number of customers who did not purchase FSD upfront or on a lease and maybe want to experiment with FSD, this is a great option for them.” He added, “As the portfolio of subscription customers builds up, then that becomes a pretty strong business for us over time.”

All newer Teslas include a standard set of driver assistance features dubbed Autopilot. The Autopilot or standard features enable a Tesla to “steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane,” according to Tesla’s website.

Thus we now only need to get the time to make sure that the feedback from the customers are actually positive and that it is both advantageous to Tesla as well as the customers. It seems like a short wait.

Final Words

Promoted by Elon Musk’s Over the years, Tesla has improved its electric vehicles by including more and more options. Therefore, Elon Musk has taken the initiative by announcing that the beta version of Tesla’s full self-driving (FSD) system is now available to everyone in North America.

Rollout of FSD coincides with a criminal investigation against Tesla by the US Department of Justice into possible fraudulent claims made by the business about its Autopilot advanced driver assistance system. Musk promised that the FSD technology would be ready for a worldwide release by the end of the year on Tesla AI Day 2022. Elon Musk made the declaration on Twitter.