Elon Musk says Tesla's Full Self-Driving subscription arrives in early 2021

Provided there aren't delays, of course.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 05:  A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. The electric car company and its CEO and founder Elon Musk have come under increasing scrutiny following a crash of one of its electric cars while using the controversial autopilot service. Joshua Brown crashed and died in Florida on May 7 in a Tesla car that was operating on autopilot, which means that Brown's hands were not on the steering wheel.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Tesla is narrowing the time frame for the Full Self-Driving subscription rollout. Elon Musk told Twitter followers that the pay-per-month package is now due to arrive “early next year.” In theory, you could add the autonomous (currently semi-autonomous) features without a steep up-front cost in a matter of months.

You might not want to plan your schedule around that timetable. Tesla previously hoped to offer a Full Self-Driving subscription by the end of 2020, and that’s clearly not happening.

Whenever the monthly plan arrives, it could be key to boosting adoption. If you lease your Tesla, you might not have to pay as much to use Full Self-Driving for the useful life of your EV. It could also give you an opportunity to try the features as long as you like without committing to a full purchase. It’s safe to say the usual $10,000 price (as of this writing) is daunting if you’re not completely sold on the technology.

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