Elon Musk raises price of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving technology.

The price of Tesla’s full self-driving FSD software will increase to $15,000, the electric carmaker’s chief executive officer Elon Musk has said.

The world’s richest man tweeted Sunday night that the price will rise by more than $12,000 starting Sept. 5 after the release of FSD beta 10.69.2 for its driver assistance system in North America.

Mr Musk said the current price would be provided for orders placed before 5 September but delivered later.

He tweeted that FSD beta 10.69 started rolling out for Tesla owners last night. This build is a big step! With 10.69.1 wide release probably towards the end of the week. In just a few weeks 10.69.2 should be enough to provide all FSD beta participants.

FSD is also available for a subscription of $199 per month, but Mr. Musk did not mention any change in its cost. It has also not been told whether there will be an increase in prices in the global markets.

This is the second FSD price hike this year after rising from $10,000 to $12,000 in January.

The current FSD offers Auto Lane Change, Autopilot Navigation in Autopark and Smart Summon allowing the driver to use their phone to call the car and drive to their location without the driver.

Traffic lights and stop-sign controls allow the car to detect and respond to traffic signals. Autosteer is coming to city streets soon, Tesla’s website says.

Tesla’s FSD doesn’t make its cars fully autonomous, despite advances in technology.

“The highlights at present empowered require dynamic driver oversight and don’t make the vehicle independent,” Tesla said on its site.

Activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far beyond human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience as well as regulatory approvals that can take longer in some jurisdictions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating several accidents that suspect Tesla’s Autopilot was being used.

According to agency documents, since 2016 NHTSA has sent teams to 39 accidents suspected of being in use of self-driving systems. Tesla was among 30 people involved in accidents that resulted in 19 deaths.

Earlier this month it was revealed that NHTSA was investigating more than 750 complaints about unproven Tesla braking.

Last week, a BMW test car with autonomous-steering capability rolled out of its lane in oncoming traffic, killing one person and seriously injuring nine in Germany.

BMW said the vehicle has a Level 2 driving assistance system already included in production vehicles today and that can support the driver on demand.

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