Drivers in North America can now utilize Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, as announced by Elon Musk on Thursday. Note that there are a few qualifications: only Teslas with the required hardware support FSD, and it is an optional purchase that costs $15,000.
If all the above requirements are met, drivers can activate the feature from their car’s touchscreen. Full-Self Driving is a bunch of features that make Tesla cars almost autonomous – after inputting their destination into the navigation system, the car will drive itself there.
Every new Tesla comes with Autopilot installed, but if you took delivery of your car without it, don’t worry! You can purchase one of three packages depending on when your car was built: Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving Capability.
Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving Capability are driver assistance features that require the driver to be fully attentive at all times with their hands on the wheel, ready to take over if necessary. These features will become more capable over time as they develop further, but currently, none of these features make the vehicle autonomous.
Tesla’s FSD features are still in beta testing, and Elon Musk warned that drivers must be prepared to take over at any time. However, the availability of this feature brings Tesla cars closer to becoming fully autonomous – a goal that has been in the works for many years. With the addition of FSD, Tesla drivers can now enjoy a more efficient and convenient driving experience.