Tesla has reduced the price of their FSD Computer/Hardware 3.0 upgrade to just $1,000 after the company received heat for the existing price of $1,500.

The change applies to vehicles that still have the Hardware 2.0/2.5 computers and want to try the new Tesla FSD subscription service that rolled out recently.

The situation with existing Tesla vehicles, and the requirements to make them support the new FSD functionality, is a complicated one. The folks at Electrek have outlined the nuts and bolts of it, though.

Here’s a quick recap: all vehicles Tesla sold from late-2016 to mid-2019 purportedly included the appropriate hardware for Full Self-Driving capabilities. This was not functional yet, but would be utilized as Tesla further developed its Autopilot software. Eventually, Tesla found out they needed a hardware upgrade, and started shipping cars with a more capable Autopilot computer. When owners of cars with the old hardware bought the Full Self-Driving package, they would be upgraded for free to the new computer. Then Tesla introduced a new subscription model, but started charging people with the old hardware $1,500 for the hardware upgrade, even though those owners had bought the car thinking they had the proper hardware for Full Self-Driving.

There are also reports that anyone who has recently scheduled an installation and paid the full $1500 will receive a $500 refund, so keep an eye out for that if you have an installation coming up.

The whole FSD situation is starting to get troublesome for Tesla, especially after a teardown by EE Times suggested that the kit included in the upgrade cost less than $200 per installation.

The whole FSD situation is starting to get troublesome for Tesla, especially after a teardown by EE Times suggested that the kit included in the upgrade cost less than $200 per installation.

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