Tesla on Friday evening finally launched Full Self-Driving Subscriptions for its customers in the United States, taking its Autopilot add-on to a monthly pricing model.
“Autopilot is an advanced driver assistance system that assists your car with steering, accelerating and braking for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. They assist with the most burdensome parts of driving and work alongside features like emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring,” explained Tesla.
“With Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability, you will get access to a suite of more advanced driver assistance features, designed to provide more active guidance and assisted driving under your active supervision,” adds the company.
In order to subscribe to Full Self-Driving, you will need a FSD computer 3.0 or above. If you don’t, then you need to spend $1,500 USD to upgrade.
Tesla Full Self-Driving Subscription Pricing
Pricing for Tesla Full Self-Driving depends on your vehicle’s current Autopilot package of Basic Autopilot or Enhanced Autopilot.
If you have basic Autopilot, which is included with all Tesla vehicles, then the FSD subscription price is $199 USD per month.
If you have Enhanced Autopilot, you will pay $99 USD per month for your FSD subscription.
Purchases for FSD subscriptions can be made within your Tesla account or the company’s mobile app.
Are FSD subscriptions available outside the United States, such as in Canada?
“FSD capability subscriptions are currently available to eligible vehicles in the United States. Check your Tesla app for updates on availability in other regions,” says Tesla’s FSD subscriptions page.
Tesla says refunds are not available for FSD subscriptions. If you cancel your subscription you will still have the remainder of your month to use FSD, as payments are not prorated.
FSD brings the following features:
- Navigate on Autopilot
- Auto Lane Change
- Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control
- Coming Soon: Autosteer on city streets (FSD beta 9)
If you’re about to head on a road trip, it may be worth considering a FSD subscription if you’re looking to try Auto Lane Change, or Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control. Many Redditors say FSD in its current incarnation is not quite worth it yet.
If you had plunked down $10,000 USD for the outright purchase of FSD, a subscription instead at $199 per month would take you 50 months (4 years; 2 months) to reach that upfront amount. You may be better off buying $10,000 worth of Tesla stock and checking it in four years.
It’s likely once FSD beta 9 expands and Tesla continues to improve FSD, the price of the outright upgrade and subscription will continue to go up, as previously echoed by CEO Elon Musk.
Are you going to jump on a FSD subscription?