And it won't be cheap.
Tesla is proceeding with its Full Self-Driving software at neck-snapping speed. The automaker has been rolling out the technology for the past several months to a select group of owners with confirmed safety records. The system accumulates massive amounts of data from those beta testers in order to, among other things, guarantee safety. Needless to say, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been and continues to monitor this very closely. Tesla CEO Elon Musk previously told investors the FSD upgrade that'll allow drivers to fully utilize Autopilot's most advanced driver-assist systems will be widely released by the end of the year. Well, that time is now and, so far, no wide release.
A Tesla owner just asked Musk about the timing on Twitter and he responded the subscription model release has been moved to "early next year."
This pay-as-you-go subscription might be the best option for a majority of drivers who lease their Tesla Model 3, or any other Tesla vehicle because paying the full price for FSD is not exactly cheap. Try $10,000. But Musk also made clear he believes buying the FSD package is best in the long-term, financially-speaking.
"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."
Musk is further considering a third FSD user option: transferring FSD to another car. Say a Model 3 owner wants to upgrade to a Model S but they already invested $10k in FSD, shouldn't they be allowed to bring that investment with them to their pricier Tesla? A final decision has yet to be made on that but Tesla owners have apparently been asking for such an option.
But for anyone who'd like just to try out FSD before making a final decision, the monthly subscription option is apparently only a few weeks away.