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Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Hardware Upgrade to $1,000 Dollars

Tesla has reduced the price of its full self-driving hardware upgrade to $1,000 from $1,500. This is a fair thing for Tesla to do and any customers who have an FSD computer chip that was produced before April, 2019, will be eligible for the upgrade.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Hardware Upgrade

Tesla has reduced the price of the hardware upgrade required for older vehicles to use the current Tesla full self-driving suite of software from $1,500 to $1,000. This is a step in the right direction for Tesla and is more than fair for customers who have been loyal customers to Tesla.

According to the Tesla blog, Tesla vehicles with full self-driving and autopilot software 2.0 or 2.5 are eligible for the upgrade. We know that Tesla released its version 3.0 of its full self-driving hardware in April, 2019, so any vehicles built without the computer before then will need the upgrade. You can view the reveal for Tesla Autonomy Day here:

Tesla FSD Going Forward

Right now, Tesla is in version 9 of its beta software for fsd. Elon Musk has stated that he thinks it will be around a month or so between version 10 and 11, but it's possible that it will be longer than this between updates.

I see Tesla releasing version 10 and 11 of its beta software and going into a wide release early next year (Q1). After that, it will probably be another year of vetting the software before we start to see level 4 autonomy. Once level 4 autonomy is reached, I don't think level 5 will be too far behind. The reason is that all Tesla vehicles will be collecting data and updating Tesla's neural net.

Lastly, it's possible that Tesla will need its Dojo super computer in order to reach level 5, in order to handle all the edge cases required to reach level 5.

What do you think about Tesla alllowing upgrades to its full self-driving software? Is $1,000 fair? Should the upgrade be free?

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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.


Stephen Peritz (not verified)    August 6, 2021 - 7:06AM

Tesla stated, before I made my Model 3 purchase, that all model 3’s came with the hardware necessary for FSD. It is criminal to now extort a $1,000 payment for the REQUIRED 3.0 computer upgrade.