Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the electric carmaker will raise the U.S. price of its advanced driver assistant software dubbed "Full Self Driving" to $12,000 on Jan. 17.

Tesla raises Full Self Driving software price to $12,000 in the US: Elon Musk

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the electric carmaker will raise the U.S. price of its advanced driver assistant software dubbed “Full Self Driving” to $12,000 on Jan. 17.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that the electric car company is raising the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software to $12,000. In a tweet, Musk said that the new price, which is an increase of $2,000, will take effect on January 17. “Tesla FSD price rising to $12k on Jan 17… Just in the US,” he posted.

“FSD price will rise as we get closer to FSD production code release,” Musk added. Tesla charges a monthly subscription price of $199 for FSD software. Tesla began testing FSD in beta in October 2020, priced at $8,000. It later increased the price to $10,000. The software does not make Tesla vehicles fully autonomous.

Tesla FSD Beta enables Tesla vehicles to virtually drive themselves both on highways and city streets by simply entering a location in the navigation system, but it is still considered a level 2 driver assist system since it requires driver supervision at all times. The driver remains responsible for the vehicle and needs to keep their hands on the steering wheel, ready to take control, the report said.

Tesla FSD Beta allows Tesla vehicles to practically drive themselves on highways and city streets by just inputting a location into the navigation system; nonetheless, it is still classified as a level 2 driver aid technology because it requires driver supervision at all times. According to the study, the driver is still accountable for the car and must have their hands on the steering wheel, ready to take control.

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Due to crash alarms and other difficulties, Tesla temporarily withheld the newest version of its FSD beta software in October last year, less than a day after it was released. Musk stated in a tweet that the reversal was due to “some difficulties.” “With 10.3 version, because of certain difficulties with 10.3, we’re temporarily reverting to 10.2,” he added. Musk then indicated that Tesla’s FSD Beta 10.4 upgrade would be released soon.

Last July, Tesla rolled out a new beta of its Full Self-Driving software. Though it was able to control the vehicle in some situations, it still made some key mistakes.

In recent months, the company was criticized for its Autopilot software, which includes Full Self-Driving. Last year, the family of a 15-year-old who was killed in a car crash with a Tesla on Autopilot sought to sue the company. The lawsuit alleged that Tesla’s Autopilot was defective and failed to detect traffic conditions.

Emails sent from one of Tesla’s lawyers at the time said: “The police faulted the Tesla driver — not the car — for his inattention and his driving at an unsafe speed.” 

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