How to tell if a Tesla has Full Self-Driving (FSD)

How to tell if a Tesla has Full Self-Driving (FSD)

And other frequently asked questions about Full Self-Driving (FSD), upgrading, cost, and all you want to know. In this article, we’re going to answer the following questions around FSD:

How to tell if a Tesla has FSD?

If you’re not sure if your Tesla has FSD, the easiest way to find out is by opening the Tesla App and checking out the ‘Upgrades’ section. If you see an option to purchase Full Self-Driving, that means you currently don’t have that capability.

Another way to find out what Autopilot computer is in a Tesla is by looking at the ‘Additional Vehicle Information’. This is helpful, for example, if you’re considering purchasing a second hand Tesla, in which situation you may not have access to the mobile app. To see the car’s ‘Additional Vehicle Information’ go to Controls > Software > Additional Vehicle information.

How to upgrade to FSD and how much does it cost?

You can purchase Full Self-Driving through the Tesla App, tapping on the ‘Upgrades’ section, and completing all the steps required. FSD should be available to all Tesla cars but a hardware retrofit is going to be necessary if you have AP2.5 or an earlier version. This means you won’t be able to get all the FSD capabilities via over-the-air (OTA) software updates right after the purchase.

The cost will vary depending on your current Autopilot version:

  • Autopilot: full cost, currently $8,000
  • Enhanced Autopilot (EAP): in this case, you can discount the price of EAP to FSD and that’s what ‘remains’ to be paid.

Note that Enhanced Autopilot has not been available since February 2019. However, and until September 30 only, Tesla is bringing EAP back. To understand the differences between AP, EAP, FSD, and the features included available with each one of them, check out ‘Autopilot, Enhanced Autopilot, and Full Self-Driving features and cost’.

How to get the FSD retrofit?

As we said, if you had Autopilot 2.5- or an earlier version of Autopilot- when you purchased FSD, a retrofit is going to be needed to get Hardware 3, the latest version of the Autopilot hardware which actually supports the new and upcoming FSD features.

When the retrofit first became available, newer cars with MCU2 (latest version of the touchscreen available) and newer versions of AP where getting retrofitted first. Currently, retrofits are being performed to all Tesla cars with FSD no matter what model or what touchscreen version they are.

The easier way to get the retrofit is by scheduling an appointment at your closest service center. You can do that at any time through the Tesla App. If mobile service is available in your area, you can also request that they come to your home or workplace.

Is FSD transferable?

Tesla will not let you transfer licenses or software to a new car, which means that if you pay for FSD for a Tesla and then get a new one, you won’t be able to transfer FSD or any of its capabilities.

However, if what you’re looking for is to sell or purchase a Tesla and are wondering if FSD is transferable, then the answer is yes. A car with FSD will keep both the hardware and the software that the original owner paid for when sold, so the capabilities will be transferred to the new owner.

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