Self-driving Teslas are about to get much more expensive

Tesla Model Y
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The cost of a Tesla with full self-driving car capabilities is set to rise by several thousand dollars in the coming months.

According to a tweet by the company's CEO Elon Musk, the price of cars with the company's the Full Self-Driving option will rise "substantially over time", with the first hike happening on May 1.

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When asked by one follower whether the price rise would be "a few thousand dollars", Musk replied that yes, it would be in that ballpark.

Tesla's Full Self-Driving package currently costs $5,000 (about £3,800, AU$7,000) if you request it when ordering a new car, or $7,000 (about £5,300, AU$9,900) if you want to add it later, so that's a hefty extra outlay.

Upgrades down the road

The price hike comes as Tesla prepares to launch its new self-driving computer, which will be offered as a retrofit to customers who have already bought a car with the Full Self-Driving option.

Musk says those retrofits will begin in the next few months, and will make the cars "appreciating assets" (a claim he first made during a podcast last week).

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Via Engadget

Cat Ellis

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