Self-driving cars are all the rage, and you will have to pay extra if you are planning to purchase the Tesla Autopilot feature. The innovative car maker raised the price of its semi-autonomous system from $2,500 to $3,000. The change took place on Wednesday.
What makes Autopilot unique is it comes with automatic braking and blind spot warnings. Although, if you choose to pay the extra $3,000–you get to utilize all of the self-driving features such as automatic lane change. Tesla states that no new Autopilot hardware has been built into its cars, as of yet. Although, some analysts believe that new hardware is the reason for the price increase.
Yet, Tesla continues to improve the system. To illustrate, Tesla can push out over-the-air software updates to add new features. In January, the company rolled out its last big update–Tesla 7.1. This gave Autopilot cars the ability for users to call their vehicles out of parking spots and the automatic lane change function. Before the end of this year, the company is expected to roll out Tesla 8.0. All of these software updates make the price increase seem logical.Opinions expressed here by Contributors are their own.