- tesla ceo elon musk announced a $2000 price bump for fsd is coming on monday.
- the automaker expanded its closed beta last night to more drivers.
- recently tesla rewrote the fsd software and musk says it should be ready for all compatible teslas by year's end, meaning those that already have version 3.0 or newer of the cars' hardware.
after announcing that tesla would be expanding its closed beta of the full self-driving (fsd) feature for autopilot and pushing it out to more owners last night, the automaker will soon increase the price of the feature by $2000, according to ceo elon musk. the current price is $8000 (after a $1000 increase in july), which means if you don't buy by monday, october 26, the option will cost a bank-busting $10,000.
based on tesla's practices, the price increase is not that surprising. musk has frequently talked about how the cost of fsd would go up. still, tesla has been selling the fsd feature for years without releasing it, and drivers are buying. the upside for many is that they can sign up to be early beta testers of the feature before it goes live to everyone. last night, some beta testers shared images and videos of their experience with the new fsd system, including a warning that the feature "may do the wrong thing at the worst time" that tells the drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.
advice that looks like it isn't always being followed. as commenters have noted on twitter and elsewhere, it's not just for those in the vehicle but also other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.