Tesla Autopilot Upgrade Discounted By $5k In June

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, Automotive Editor - June 23, 2020

Tesla is shaking up the pricing of one of its most popular features in the next week or so. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to announce a change in pricing for Autopilot. Until July 1, consumers with Teslas that don’t have Autopilot fitted can purchase the semi-autonomous feature for $2,000 through an in-app purchase. You'll want to think twice about buying the package, because it's more expensive than buying a regular app on your smartphone.

While Tesla’s Autopilot system is standard on every new electric car it sells right now, that wasn’t always the case. Early adopters that purchased the Tesla Model 3 when it first came out, for instance, didn’t get an electric car that came with standard Autopilot. Instead, they had to purchase the suite through the app. Until July 1, consumers with a Tesla that doesn’t have Autopilot can purchase the suite for $2,000. Electrek claims Tesla previously charged owners without standard Autopilot $3,000 to add the feature after the initial purchase, which constitutes a savings of $1,000.

With Tesla allowing buyers to purchase Autopilot through the automaker’s app, it sounds like all of the features included with the suite will become available on the electric vehicle through an over-the-air-software update. We believe all of Tesla's EVs come with the necessary hardware – cameras and sensors – required for the vehicle to have all of the features from Autopilot straight from the factory. The only thing that’s missing is the necessary software.

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On Tesla’s website, the company claims that Autopilot “enables your car to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane.” Essentially, Autopilot is a culmination of advanced safety features, which include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking.

For Tesla owners and consumers that want the automaker’s Full Self-Driving Capability functions, Autopilot is required. That package has gone up in pricing since it was introduced, initially being priced at $5,000 and more recently increasing to $7,000. According to a report by Electrek from May, Tesla plans to, once again, increase the price of the Full Self-Driving Capability package to $8,000 on July 1.

Electrek claims that pricing for Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability will remain the same until the end of the quarter.

The ability to add Autopilot, obviously, is only available to consumers with Teslas that don’t have the feature. Musk nor Tesla provided more details on restrictions, so we’re going to assume that being able to upgrade to Autopilot is available on all of the brand’s cars. While pricey, it’s a major benefit for consumers that want more advanced safety features and semi-autonomous capability with their electric car, especially if you do a lot of highway driving. Plus, if you’re even remotely curious about Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Capability package, you have to get Autopilot.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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