Tesla is preparing to launch a new FSD subscription based on an update to its mobile app and it is putting a deadline on the newly reintroduced Enhanced Autopilot package.
Tesla is preparing to launch a new Full Self-Driving monthly subscription based on an update to its mobile app and it is putting a deadline on the newly reintroduced Enhanced Autopilot package.
Earlier this year, we reported on indications that Tesla is working on a pay-as-you-go subscription for its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package.
Later, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla planned to release such an option “toward the end of the year”.
With the FSD package’s price back into focus as Tesla reintroduced its Enhanced Autopilot package yesterday, we see evidence that the subscription launch might be imminent.
Redditor /u/Callump01 was able to do some reverse engineer in Tesla’s upgrade section of its mobile app to reveal the new ‘Subscribe” section:
While Tesla has had codes to prepare for a new subscription model for a while, this update closer to the end of the year could indicate that Tesla is preparing to soon release the new way to access its Full Self-Driving software.
When confirming plans to offer a monthly subscription to access the features, Musk made it clear that buying the FSD package will remain the best option financially:
“I should say, it will still make sense to buy FSD as an option as in our view, buying FSD is an investment in the future. And we are confident that it is an investment that will pay off to the consumer – to the benefit of the consumer. In my opinion, buying FSD option is something people will not regret doing.”
However, a monthly subscription might make more sense for people leasing their Tesla vehicles and those who don’t want to commit to paying $8,000.
As we reported yesterday, Tesla also reintroduced its Enhanced Autopilot package for $4,000 as an alternative to the Full Self-Driving package.
We noted that it was an opportunistic move at the end of the quarter and now Tesla has confirmed it in a new email to customers promoting the package and saying that they have until September 30th, which is the end of the quarter, to order it.
The article is originally published at Electrek