Tesla is all set to increase the price of self-drive option in its electric cars by $1,000, CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday (US time) and also added that the value of technology being constantly upgraded would be over $100,000.
Musk has been an extremely vocal supporter of self-driving vehicles and has time and again predicted that such cars would rule the roads of the future. At Tesla, the future may not be too distant as the company has offering the option - called Autopilot - in most of its cars for some time now. Also referred to as 'Full Self-Driving' or FSD, the feature is presently not completely autonomous but allows summon feature, automatic lane change and parallel parking. Tesla cars will also soon offer automatic recognition of traffic signals - stopping at red and moving forward if green.
Musk now appears to be putting Tesla in the fast lane towards the eventual goal of a completely autonomous vehicle. "The FSD price will continue to rise as the software gets closer to full self-driving capability with regulatory approval," he tweeted. "It that point, the value of FSD is probably somewhere in excess of $100,000. Tesla Full Self-Driving option cost rises by ~$1000 worldwide on July 1st. Order a Tesla online in less than 2 minutes at (sic)."