Telsa's self-driving package costs $15,000

Telsa's self-driving package costs $15,000

Tesla's Full Self-Driving package will cost $15,000 starting September 5 in North America.

Customers who order before September 5 but take delivery later will pay the old rate, but those who order after will pay $3k more. Tesla hasn't said if the $199/month FSD subscription will increase, but it seems likely.

The cost increase coincides with the release of FSD beta 10.69, the autonomous system's latest software. Musk tweeted, "There are many code changes, so this will be a cautious rollout."

Only 1,000 Tesla owners will be able to access the new software on August 20, then beta 10.69.1 will be rolled out to another 10,000 owners, followed by 10.69.2 the week after to the remaining 100,000 drivers in the FSD beta test program.

FSD is Tesla's most advanced autonomous package, after Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot. The company has courted controversy with the names of its three driver assist systems, which aren't fully autonomous.

California's DMV recently filed a legal complaint accusing Tesla of making "false or misleading" claims about its autonomous cars, and the NHTSA has expanded its investigation into accidents where Teslas collided with parked emergency vehicles when Autopilot was activated.

NHTSA is investigating over 800,000 Tesla cars sold in the U.S., including 3, Y, X, and S models.

Ralph Nader suggested the NHTSA "order that the FSD technology be removed in every Tesla" and called the roll-out of Full Self-Driving technology "one of the most dangerous and irresponsible actions by a car company in decades."

Tesla insists its website contains sufficient disclaimers explaining its cars' autonomous capabilities and won a legal battle in Germany allowing it to continue using the terms "Autopilot" and "Full Self-Driving"