Tesla has relaunched its Enhanced Autopilot option and pulled just about all the features from its Full Self-Driving (FSD) package in the method.
Through the years, Tesla has modified its Autopilot options and pricing so repeatedly, it has been hard to follow.
Ultimately, the automaker has ended up making the Autopilot’s Autosteer and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control standard on its vehicles and bundled the remainder of the features into its “Full Self-Driving package” (FSD), which regularly increased in price to now $12,000.
Before that, Tesla used to supply “Enhanced Autopilot,” which included many of the features currently available within the FSD package aside from the potential future capability to unlock a real full self-driving system through software updates.
Because the automaker kept missing deadlines to realize that, Tesla regularly moved among the Enhanced Autopilot features into the FSD package and killed Enhanced Autopilot somewhat than bringing it back a couple of times as an optional software upgrade.
Today, Tesla has reversed the move by fully bringing back Enhanced Autopilot as a $6,000 option on latest purchases:
As you’ll be able to see, it took all of the important features from the Full Self-Driving Capability package:
- Navigate on Autopilot
- Auto Lane Change
- Smart Summon
The Full Self-Driving Capability package is left with:
- All functionality of Basic Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot
- Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control
But after all, the true value is in eventually achieving a real full self-driving system that doesn’t require driver attention in any respect times and where the responsibility doesn’t lie with the driving force, which is currently the case for all those other features.
Tesla has never disclosed the take-rate of FSD, nevertheless it is believed to be quite low, especially today at $12,000.
This move likely goals at improving Tesla’s margins because the Enhanced Autopilot option at $6,000 is probably going going to be more popular, and it doesn’t cost anything for Tesla to activate those features since all of the hardware is already in every automobile it produces.
It also makes the FSD package a harder sale since it’s now a $6,000 option on top of Enhanced Autopilot, and it literally only adds “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control,” which is in beta and never super useful.
Individuals who buy FSD over Enhanced Autopilot would need to be super confident that Tesla can deliver on its promise in addition to willing to bet $6,000 on it.
CEO Elon Musk has all the time said that Tesla plans to extend the value of the FSD package because it gets closer to a real self-driving system.