Tesla brings clarity to latest ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ pricing confusion
Mar 02, 2019 | by Iqtidar Ali
Tesla Autopilot pricing brought much confusion to the owners, reservation holders, and the entire Tesla community when the automaker updated their ordering website with major product overhauls and the launch of the $35,000 Model 3 sedan.
Silicon Valley based automaker removed the option called ‘Full Self-Driving (FSD)’ from the product offering last year and the Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) was the only option you could add to your Tesla vehicle order.
Now with the latest update to the product offerings, Tesla has segmented the ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ as two different options and also outlined the features of each option clearly — an active member of the Tesla community @TroyTeslike created the following infographic outlining the new/old options for EAP and FSD.
Elon Musk personally responded to this and said the explanation will be provided by Tesla later today — Tesla published the following blog post to clarify the confusion surrounding the issue (in full below).
All customers who bought a Tesla before yesterday’s price decrease will be able to buy the Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability for half of what those features would normally cost after initial purchase.
Autopilot, which enables automatic steering, accelerating and braking, normally costs $4,000 after delivery and Full Self-Driving normally costs $7,000 after delivery. Full Self-Driving capability includes Navigate on Autopilot, Advanced Summon, Auto Lane Change, Autopark and, later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights.
Any customer who bought a Tesla prior to this week’s price adjustment will be able to upgrade to Autopilot for $2,000 or Full Self-Driving capability for an additional $3,000. In other words, for a customer who previously hadn’t purchased Autopilot plus Full Self-Driving, they will soon be able to do so for $6,000 less than before. Customers who previously purchased Full Self-Driving will receive an invitation to Tesla’s Early Access Program (EAP). EAP members are invited to experience and provide feedback on new features and functionality before they are rolled out to other customers.
Beginning next month, any existing customer who wants to upgrade to Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability will be able to do so with a one-click payment. There will be no need to call anyone, and it will be as easy as it was to order your car in the first place.
The interesting bit from the new updated structure is with the FSD package, owners of Tesla Model 3, S and X will be able to use the ‘Navigate on Autopilot’ feature on city streets in addition to highways, FSD equipped cars will also be able to recognize ‘stop signs’ and ‘traffic lights’ — Tesla aims to deploy both of these features later this year.
Tesla vehicles not able to recognize traffic lights has been a major drawback in city driving using the ‘Autopilot’ feature, Tesla seems to hit their goals on-time or even before since the start of this year, hopefully, these features also fall on schedule.
Existing owners who bought the previous Enhanced Autopilot option for $5,000 and should login to their Tesla account and click ‘Manage’ beside your car to see the available pricing adjustments for buying the new Full Self-Driving option. The pricing adjustments upate might take a few days to appear as it is deployed in stages and batches.
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