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Elon Musk says Tesla is raising the price of its full self-driving feature to $15,000

Despite the name, the technology does not allow Tesla vehicles to drive themselves without human participation.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks at the company's launch facility in south Texas on Feb. 10, 2022.
Elon Musk speaks at the SpaceX launch facility in south Texas on Feb. 10.Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images file

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday the price of the current version of what the company calls its full self-driving feature will increase from $12,000 to $15,000 starting Sept. 5.

That is on top of the current cost for Teslas, which range from a Model 3 at the low end, starting at about $47,000, to a Model X at the high end, starting at roughly $121,000.

Musk revealed the price change in a tweet:

The current subscription price of full self-driving capability is $99 to $199 a month, depending on a vehicle's version of Tesla's Autopilot technology, according to the company's website. It was not immediately clear whether that price is also changing.

The electric transportation website Electrek reported that the latest version of Tesla's full self-driving capability includes improvements to left turns, enhanced animal and pedestrian detection, and smoother stops.

The technology does not allow Teslas to drive themselves without human participation. It requires drivers to pay attention to the road, keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times and remain aware of the navigation route.

"The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous," Tesla said on its website.