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Tesla drops US FSD price to $99 per month

Tesla has slashed the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) software subscription to $99 per month from $199 per month, as the electric car maker aims to boost its advanced driver-assistance systems ahead of first-quarter earnings adoption rate.

A few weeks ago, Tesla launched a one-month free trial of FSD for every customer with a compatible Tesla in the United States. The trial is still ongoing. Formerly known as FSD Beta, Tesla is now calling the software “Supervised FSD” to make it clear that the software does not turn Teslas into self-driving cars and that human drivers will still need to supervise non-self-driving software.

FSD can handle certain advanced driving tasks such as changing lanes, navigating around vehicles and objects, following the driver’s navigation route, etc.

The same week that the FSD price dropped, Tesla released more tweaks to its latest V12 version of the software to some users. Tesla says the latest software upgrades FSD’s urban street driving capabilities to run entirely on neural networks.

More drivers equipped with FSDs doesn’t just mean more money for Tesla. It also means EV manufacturers can use more video data to train their neural networks and improve their products. Tesla may also be seeking more training data to make good on CEO Elon Musk’s promise to launch Tesla robotaxis in August.

However, as TechCrunch has previously noted, FSD’s increased accessibility may increase the likelihood that drivers who don’t do their part to oversee the software will sign up and may find themselves unable to take over if something goes wrong.

Tesla does not appear to have changed the one-time cost of purchasing FSD, which remains $12,000 in the US

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