In a few weeks, Tesla buyers will have to pay more for an option that isn’t yet completely functional, but that CEO Elon Musk promises will one day deliver full autonomous driving capabilities.
Musk tweeted Saturday that the price of its full self-driving option will “increase substantially over time” beginning May 1.
Tesla vehicles are not self-driving. Musk has promised that the advanced driver assistance capabilities on Tesla vehicles will continue to improve until eventually reaching that full automation high-water mark.
Musk didn’t provide a specific figure, but in response to a question on Twitter, he said the increase would be “something like” around the $3,000+ figure. Full self-driving currently costs $5,000.
The price hike comes amid several notable changes and events, including an upcoming Investor Autonomy Day on April 22 meant to explain and showcase Tesla’s autonomous driving technology. On Thursday, Tesla announced that Autopilot, its advanced driver assistance system that offers a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane steering, is now a standard feature.
The price of vehicles with the standard Autopilot is higher (although it should be noted that this standard feature is less than the prior cost of the option). Buyers previously had to pay $3,000 for the option and examples given by Tesla suggest a $500 savings.
Tesla also announced it would begin leasing the Model 3 vehicles.
The more robust version of Autopilot is called Full Self-Driving, or FSD, and currently costs an additional $5,000. FSD includes Summon as well as Navigate on Autopilot, an active guidance system that navigates a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter a destination into the navigation system, they can enable “Navigate on Autopilot” for that trip.
Tesla continues to improve Navigate on Autopilot and the broader FSD system through over-the-air software updates. The company says on its website that FSD will soon be able to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs and automatically driving on city streets.
The next major step change is a new custom chip called Hardware 3 that Tesla recently began producing. The Tesla-built piece of hardware is designed to have greater processing power than the Nvidia computer currently in Model S, X, and 3 vehicles.
Musk tweeted Saturday that Tesla will begin swapping the new custom chip into existing vehicles in a few months.
Musk has been promising full self-driving for years now. In late 2016, when Tesla started producing electric vehicles with a more robust suite of sensors, radar and cameras that would allow higher levels of automated driving, it also started taking money from customers for FSD. Musk said at the time, it would become available if and when the technical challenges were conquered and regulatory approvals were met.
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10 Unexpected Uses For Your Smart Speakers
Just as you can use your smart speaker to help train your brain, you can use your smart speaker to train your body. Your smart speaker can help you to curate workout routines through the use of any number of apps available through Amazon’s Alexa or without any extra skills on Google Home. Unfortunately, it isn’t currently possible for Apple HomePod users to take advantage of a potential Apple subscription in this context, as Apple Fitness+ doesn’t currently support use with the HomePod.
However, on Google Home and Alexa, through voice-activated commands, your smart speaker can guide you through exercises with precision. It can provide step-by-step instructions for various workouts, ensuring proper form and technique to maximize effectiveness while reducing the risk of injury.
Going further, your smart speaker can help you keep up with how you’re doing with your goals throughout the day if you own a Fitbit. By connecting Alexa and your Fitbit, you can ask your smart speaker a plethora of questions, including how far you’ve walked in a day, how many calories you’ve burned, or what your resting heart rate is.
Achieving fitness goals isn’t just about exercise; it also involves proper nutrition. Tying back to using your smart speaker as an infinite cookbook, your smart speaker can provide dietary advice, suggest healthy recipes, and even create meal plans that align with your fitness objectives.
By connecting all of these separate pieces, your smart speaker can quickly become a hand-in-hand companion for helping you to stay on top of your fitness goals. Whether it be through reminders for workouts and meals or just staying up to date on your progress toward your goals on any given day, your smart speaker can have your back for all of your fitness needs.
The Most Luxurious Features Of Mazda’s Most Expensive Vehicle
The base Mazda CX-90 is less potent with its 280-horsepower 3.3-liter inline six. Still, it has many standard kits like smartphone connectivity, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, 19-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, and many more. Meanwhile, the CX-90 PHEV has 323 horsepower from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, plug-in hybrid electric motor, and 17.8 kWh battery while having more tech goodies like a digital instrument cluster.
But to compete with the BMW X5, Kia Telluride, or Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Mazda CX-90 needs more than fancy climate controls and oversized alloys. The top-of-the-line CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus trim has 21-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs with a center console, genuine Nappa leather upholstery (in tan or white), a two-tone leather steering wheel, maple wood trim, front & rear foot lighting, and a suede-like dashboard with Kakenui-inspired hanging stitches that feel soft and supple to the touch. Moreover, it has ventilated front and second-row seats with an additional heating feature for the second-row chairs.
Meanwhile, it has a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, body-color wheel arch moldings, and adaptive front LED headlights. The advanced driving assistance tech list includes adaptive cruise control, frontal collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assistance, a rear seat reminder, driver attention monitoring, front cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree surround-view monitor.
The good news is the Mazda CX-90 starts at around $41,000 with destination, but you’ll need to fork over about $61,500 for the top-of-the-line 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus. It’s a lot of money for a Mazda crossover, but it makes up for it with nifty handling, a roomy interior, plenty of available luxury features, and head-turning style.
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