Tesla Temporarily Allows FSD Transfer to New Vehicles

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

tesla temporarily allows fsd transfer to new vehicles

If you want to add what Tesla calls full self-driving capability (FSD) to one of its new vehicles, you’re looking at up to $15,000 on top of the price of a new model. In an effort to juice sales this quarter, the automaker is letting existing FSD customers transfer their services to a new model, but only in the next couple of months. 

Before we get too far, it’s important to note that the FSD tech does not make the car self-driving and does not give the driver permission to do anything and everything behind the wheel. That said, it’s still a relatively neat bit of hardware and software that deserves more testing and development.

Some owners have complained that FSD’s extreme price feels unfair, given that the feature is still half-baked and doesn’t do all of the things originally promised. Being forced to pay the price again when upgrading to a new Tesla almost feels punitive, so this is good news (temporarily) for hopeful buyers.

While it sounds like a nice thing to do for existing owners, this action is purely about boosting sales. The people who’ve already spent FSD money are among the more dedicated Tesla fans, too, so this helps buoy customer approval in its most important buyers.  

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jul 26, 2023

    You'd have to be a True Believer to pay for this even once.

    As for those who transfer fake FSD to a new car:

    • Is it because they love it so much?
    • Disappointed the first time, they're hoping to get some value out of it the second time around?

    Either way, the Venn diagram overlap of: returning Tesla buyers + 2 month window + 1st-time FSD buyers + 2nd-time FSD keepers has to be fairly small.

  • Carson D Carson D on Jul 26, 2023

    Meanwhile, the World Rallycross Championship had to cancel this week's round in England because an electric rally car had a battery fire that proved to be inextinguishable and burned everything to the ground.

    • See 2 previous
    • Carson D Carson D on Jul 27, 2023

      CoastieLenn, sarcasm game respects sarcasm game.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 26, 2023


  • Conundrum Conundrum on Jul 26, 2023

    FSD, what a joke. A camera only so-called autonomous driving system. And now, if you've already bought a Tesla with FSD, well, it's free on your new one. What an absurd ripoff! The first one never worked once so you got nothing but Musk's undying gratitude for being a credulous dope (regular Autopilot comes with the car), but hey, he's promising to not charge you for nothing the second time, limited time offer, requires a subscriptio to X, void where illegal. Blah, blah, blah, blah -- make me richer.

    Insane. Just like the man hisself.