Earlier this year Tesla hacker @greentheonly revealed Tesla’s source code had a hidden “pay-as-you-go” Full Self-Driving (FSD) subscription plan for over a year.
Just a few days later during Tesla’s Q1 2020 earnings call while responding to a question from an institutional investor, CEO Elon Musk confirmed the FSD subscription service will be coming later this year.
With just a little over three months left in the year, it appears Tesla may be preparing to launch the FSD subscription plan based on recent changes discovered in the mobile app.
According to u/Callump01 on Reddit who did some reverse engineering on the mobile app, there is a new “Subscribe” option to go along with the “Buy” option on the “Upgrades” tab hidden behind the scenes.
Even though this does look like a Microsoft Paint job that anyone could do, additional evidence was provided to the moderators of the forum, who confirmed the legitimacy of the hack.
While there is already a Premium Connectivity subscription available, there are a few reasons why we think this is a good sign the FSD subscription will be coming soon.
The first is obviously the announcement by Musk mentioned above. The other was Tesla bringing back the Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) feature yesterday.
An email sent after the option appeared confirmed it would only be available until September 30, the last day of Q3. The timing of the release of EAP and its abrupt disappearance just over a week later could mean they are preparing to release the FSD subscription.
There are still two big unknowns when it comes the subscription for FSD – what the monthly price will be and how HW2.5 owners will get the newer, and required, HW3.0 computer.
What do you think, will Tesla be releasing the FSD subscription soon? Or will it be for another feature? Let us know in the comments below.