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- Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweets three free months of FSD for those taking delivery of a Tesla before midnight on December 31.
- Tesla’s FSD feature is currently in beta and is likely to be released to supported Teslas sometime next year.
- With the end of the quarter upon us, the deal is probably meant to spur last-minute deliveries.
If you’ve been pining for a Tesla and want to try out FSD before buying, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has just tweeted out a very, very limited-time offer. Any Tesla vehicles delivered between now and midnight December 31 will get three free months of the FSD (Full Self-Driving) option. A pretty sweet deal if you can make a buying decision that quickly.
Tesla claims the FSD function will eventually enable, as its name implies, full self-driving in certain situations without the need for the driver to pay attention. Musk didn't specify which three months the Tesla buyer gets, but we suspect it will be three months later on, when the feature is out of beta and goes live.
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Tesla’s FSD is currently in beta and being tested by select drivers. The system is supposed to bring autonomous driving to supported Teslas. The feature has suffered from multiple delays and this year, the automaker rewrote the software before pushing out a beta version. Musk had noted that he expected it to be available to the public by the end of 2020, but it’s unlikely that will happen.
Other than Musk’s tweet, there’s no other information about the deal. The automaker’s site has nothing about it on vehicle ordering pages. So figuring out how to make this bargain a reality is essentially on the shoulders of potential new buyers. That’ll likely lead to questions like: Will those who have already ordered a Tesla that is scheduled to be delivered between now and midnight on New Year's Eve also get this deal? Our advice for those interested is to call the nearest showroom and cross your fingers.
The $10,000 FSD feature will be offered as a subscription at some point after its release. How much it’ll be per month is unknown.
The deal is likely spent to spur last-minute deliveries to help boost fourth-quarter numbers. Musk has been pushing the Tesla team to get as many vehicles out the door as possible while the company has simultaneously shut down the Model S and Model X lines for 18 days. The decision wasn't announced until the beginning of this month and forced some workers to have a week without pay during the holidays. Tesla did offer the opportunity for those workers to volunteer to help with deliveries.
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