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Tesla has dropped the price of its Full Self-Driving hardware upgrade from $1,500 USD down to $1,000 USD.
The upgrade is required for customers seeking to purchase a Full Self-Driving subscription, as the company’s 3.0 hardware is required. FSD subscriptions start at $199 USD per month and currently are only available in the United States.
Tesla originally said its 2.5 hardware would support FSD, but that is no longer the case. Clearly, people were upset about having to pay an extra $1,500 USD upgrade to support FSD, and the company appears to be listening.
According to a message within the Tesla in-app purchases menu, it reads, “A Full Self-Driving computer installation of $1,000 is required. Once the installation is complete, you will be eligible to subscribe.”
It’s unclear if the price drop for the FSD hardware upgrade is due to customer backlash, or if Tesla is dropping the price to spur people to upgrade and subscribe to FSD, to add to the company’s services revenue stream. Nevertheless, any price drop is a welcome sign for Tesla customers.