Tesla’s “full Self-Driving” feature (FSD) has had a somewhat rocky history. It’s been implicated in multiple crashes, seemingly persistent software bugs and a cavalcade of scrutiny from a panoply of regulatory bodies. It’s also about to cost more.
The bump represents an additional $2,000 being tacked onto the not insubstantial price tag: a new grand total of $12,000, or most of the way to a Honda Civic. FSD is not the first time that FSD has become more expensive. In 2020, Musk (again, on Twitter) announced a roughly $2,000 price increase. Musk clarified that this latest hike will only be applicable in the US. He added that the feature’s price “will rise as we get closer FSD production code launch.”
Whether that means there are plans for even further price increases is anyone’s guess — Tesla famously dissolved its corporate communications department around the same time FSD gained it’s $10,000 price tag.
Buying the “full self driving” feature does not result in a car that can drive itself. This largely is why Senators Markey and Blumenthal have called on the FTC to investigate Tesla and Musk for, among other things, “overstatements of their vehicle’s capabilities.” According to one survey, only around 11 percent of Tesla owners drop the money required to enable FSD, and it’s diffi