Tesla ‘fully self-driving’ beta testers say not worth the price

There’s no shortage of drama about Tesla’s not-actually fully self-driving “fully self-driving” program — there are lawsuits, a federal investigation, hunger strikes, and videos of people testing the automatic braking system on children.



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Elon Musk announced in August that the price of the program would rise to $15,000. Tesla is currently testing beta mode of its FSD and has sold more than 100,000 cars with it.

But 11 out of 13 people use current FSD technology told CNN that it’s not worth the new $15,000 price tag.

“FSD is an evolving technology and $15k is a high price for many consumers, even the Tesla loyalists,” said Daniel Ives, a Wall Street analyst who tracks Tesla. businesskinda.com through text.

The FSD program is working on features such as automatically detecting traffic lights and stop signs. Automatic steering on city streets is “upcoming,” according to Tesla’s website. It has other driver aids that are less comprehensive, such as Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot.

FSD is an expensive hassle, some users say

After Wisam Al-Rawi saw Tesla raise the price for fully self-driving cars, he was shocked, he told CNN.

“I would never even pay $10,000 for it,” Al-Rawi told the outlet. “They promised too much like crazy.”

He said FSD would crash into curbs, drive on the wrong side of the road and brake randomly, angering other drivers.

Al-Rawi added that when he bought a Tesla, he paid $2,500 for FSD. But last month, he told CNN he’d had it removed — and was disappointed with Musk’s continued promises that self-driving cars are just around the corner.

Still, Al-Rawi told CNN that features similar to driver assistance, such as staying in the lane, work well.

Enjoy the beta test adventure

The two who told CNN the FSD was worth it said it was exciting to be a part of changing technology.

For example, a Tesla owner, Sunny Gulati, said he spent $8,000 on FSD and that looking at the car brings him “inherent joy” and that it doesn’t always have to be running at 100% for that to happen, he said. the outlet.

Another lucky tester was a little more skeptical. “You’re still paying for a promise. And what that’s worth to you is up to you.’