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Tesla launched a long-awaited subscription option for its Full Self-Driving feature this month, slashing the system’s cost from a hefty $10,000 one-time payment to $199 per month.
The subscription, which Elon Musk had been promising for months, is huge for some Tesla owners as it allows them to test out Full Self-Driving without blowing the college fund. Moreover, buyers can cancel at any time if they don’t think the feature — which automates some driving tasks but doesn’t make cars autonomous — is worth the cost.
But there’s an expensive catch that’s peeving some long-time Tesla owners.
People who bought their Tesla before the middle of 2019 need to fork over $1,500 to upgrade their vehicle’s computer if they want to subscribe. That directly contradicts the automaker’s 2016 announcement that all vehicles built from that point on would come equipped with the hardware to run Full Self-Driving.
“It feels like Tesla is screwing over its earliest supporters,” Arjun, who bought a Model 3 when it launched in 2018 and described himself as a “long-time Tesla supporter, stockholder, and fan,” told Insider. “We are not asking for a quick buck or a discount, we are just asking for the hardware we …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology
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