Tesla started selling its full self-driving cars a couple of months ago. Elon Musk warned interested customers that its price will increase extensively over time. The 1st increase in Tesla’s self-driving option happened on 1st May. It added $1,000 to the $5,000 or $7,000 if customers didn’t opt for the add-on upon ordering their vehicles at the price of the package. The CEO of Tesla has now announced on Twitter that the company is adding another $1,000 to the add-on’s price tag starting on August 16th. He announced that the company is also expecting to make Enhanced Summon largely available at around the same time.
Musk said Tesla hasn’t exactly achieved full autonomy yet, so its full self-driving package doesn’t provide its vehicles level 5 autonomy in time at this point. The company has already announced package including access to the most advanced driverless features and it will be added in the future. Those features have to Navigate on Autopilot and Enhanced Summon. It will enable riders to call Tesla vehicles from parking spaces. The announcement of Enhanced Summon was already pushed back in the past. So, there’s always a chance that it might not come out on August 16th. The recent increase in its package’s price will supposedly push through either way of the feature’s status.
Cost of Tesla full self-driving option increasing by ~$1000 on August 16
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 16, 2019
The most powerful and higher-functioning version of Autopilot is called FSD or “full self-driving”. FSD includes the parking feature Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot. It is an active guidance system to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. The navigation system enables the vehicle’s driver to Navigate on Autopilot for that trip while entering a destination. It is noteworthy that Tesla announced in October 2016 all of its vehicles will come equipped with the hardware essential for FSD “full self-driving”. The company started charging for an option almost 3-years ago that would ultimately deliver an autonomous driving experience.