Tesla Extends FSD Transfer Period for "One More Period"

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Tesla has been reticent to allow owners to transfer Full Self-Driving (FSD) tech to a new vehicle, but that stance appears to be softening. CEO Elon Musk recently confirmed that the automaker would allow owners to transfer FSD to a new purchase for “one more quarter.”


As Electrek pointed out, some Tesla owners have been through several vehicles without full FSD functionality, leading to questions about why they have been required to pay for new tech without receiving the full experience. FSD has been in beta for years and only recently entered the “Supervised” stage, so many have never received the tech they thought they were paying for.

The FSD transfer issue has been an ongoing topic of conversation for Tesla, but the automaker has taken other measures to boost buyer demand. Tesla recently cut FSD pricing by a significant amount, making it more affordable to buy outright and less expensive on a monthly basis.


That said, FSD does not actually make a Tesla autonomous. Drivers still need to be aware of their surroundings and be able to take control at any time. The automaker’s “autonomous” driving systems are under scrutiny for their driver monitoring functionality, and many drivers have made it clear that they plan to abuse the tech. While the company has made changes to account for the shortcomings, FSD and Tesla Autopilot remain “over-branded,” which could lead to more unsafe behavior going forward.

[Images: Tesla]


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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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