Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) package is not cheap ($10,600 CAD or $8,000 USD), and it is only going to get more expensive as time goes by.
A big sticking point among some Tesla owners is that the software upgrade is tied to the vehicle. If you end up selling your FSD-equipped car, the self-driving feature goes with it.
Since it is just a software update, many owners have asked CEO Elon Musk if it would be possible to transfer it to their next vehicle.
Tesla fan and shareholder Tesla_Raj posed this question for today’s Q3 2020 earnings call through Say. It spread rapidly on social media, and was able to garner enough shares and upvotes for it to be the third question asked during the call.
As Raj suggest in his question, this doesn’t have to a straight switch between vehicles (free). It could instead be done by paying a smaller transfer fee so the automaker doesn’t miss out entirely on this revenue stream.
There was an awkward and unusually long silence after the question was asked, before Musk said, “ummm, we’ll give it some thought.” We initially thought his first response was “done”, but after listening to it closer that does not appear to be the case.
While Musk’s response will definitely be disappointing for some, the good news is the topic is at least now on his radar.
Do you think Tesla will eventually give owners the ability to transfer FSD, either for free or for a smaller fee? Let us know in the comments below.
You can listen to the full livestream of the Q3 2020 earnings call below. The clip will start at the question about transferring FSD.