Elon Musk Confirms Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Feature Delayed Till May-June, Subscription Starting Next Month
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has today announced that the next generation of the ‘Full Self-Driving‘ system won’t be ready until May or June.
The company is currently testing the feature with a few thousand drivers, including employees, who are part of the early access program. But it isn’t yet ready for prime time.
While Tesla’s system isn’t yet classed as fully autonomous, it will be able to take care of most driving tasks including driving through intersections. Tesla still hopes to be able to prove that its cars are safer than human drivers, too, although that’s likely to take some convincing.
Musk took to Twitter to say that he expects the full self-driving feature to be ready for the public on June at the latest, but for now we’ll just have to wait.
“Button timing of May is aspirational. Depends on how well limited beta of V9.0 goes, but I would be surprised if wide beta (aka button) is later than June.”
Musk also confirmed that the self-driving pay-as-you-go subscription will be coming next month, which means it’s a viable alternative to those who don’t want to pay the full $10,000 asking price right out of the gate. The subscription pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the general belief is that it is going to be more than $100 per month.