In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that is not yet fully operational, but CEO Elon Musk's commitments will someday deliver full autonomous driving skills.
Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of his full self-drive option as of May 1 "will increase significantly over time".
Tesla vehicles are not self-propelled. Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance features of Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until the high automation limit is reached.
Musk has no specific Number stated, but in response to a question on Twitter, he said the increase would be "about as" around the $ 3,000 + number. Full self-drive currently costs $ 5,000.
The price increase is due to several notable changes and events, including an upcoming investor Autonomy Day on April 22, to explain and present Tesla's autonomous driving technology. On Thursday, Tesla announced that Autopilot, its advanced driver assistance system offering a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane control, is now standard.
The price for vehicles with the standard autopilot is higher (though it should be noted) that this standard feature is lower than the previous cost of the option). Buyers previously had to pay $ 3,000 for the option, and Tesla's examples suggest savings of $ 500.
Tesla also announced to lease the Model 3 vehicles.
or FSD and currently costs another $ 5,000. FSD includes Summoning, as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that controls a car from a highway entrance to an exit, including change and lane change. As soon as the driver has entered a destination in the navigation system, he can activate the option "Navigate on autopilot" for this trip.
Tesla improves navigation on autopilot and the wider FSD system through wireless software updates. The company says on its website that FSD will soon detect and respond to traffic lights and stop signs and automatically drive on city roads.
The next big step is a new custom chip called Hardware 3, which Tesla recently started production. The hardware built by Tesla has more computing power than the Nvidia computer, which is currently in S, X and 3 models.
Musk tweeted on Saturday that Tesla will trade the new custom chip in a couple of vehicles
Musk has been promising complete self-drive for years. By the end of 2016, when Tesla produced electric vehicles with more robust sensors, radar, and cameras that allowed for a higher level of automated driving, the company also began to raise money from customers for FSD. Musk said it would become available if the technical challenges were overcome and the regulatory approvals were met.