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Regulations block self-driving Teslas in Europe as US gets free FSD transfer and tax credit filter

FSD 12 navigating road construction (image: Sawyer Merritt/X)
FSD 12 navigating road construction (image: Sawyer Merritt/X)
Tesla has explained why FSD doesn't work in Europe. It is now stacking incentives to clear the inventory backlog amassed in Q1 production.

With the current pace of free FSD transfer offers, Tesla is getting pretty close to linking the Full Self-Driving option with a buyer's account rather than a particular vehicle.

It last offered a free FSD transfer to a new vehicle back in February, and it is at it again, stacking incentives to move inventory in Q2 as well.

Those Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X owners who wish to pick a new Tesla don't even have to trade their existing VIN, but can just request to transfer the Full Self-Driving feature to the new vehicle. They can still take advantage of all current Tesla deals like inventory or tax credit discounts.

Tesla also reworked its inventory vehicle system to arrange them by lowest pricing by default, and has made a federal tax credit and payment method search filters to showcase how affordable its cars are with all the added incentives.

For example, a new base Model Y in the inventory can start from $33,890, while the Long Range version is just $37,490, now with free FSD for 3 months with referral, or a gratis transfer of an existing FSD purchase.

The new Full Self-Driving V12 update has been met with rave reviews, too, with people posting how it navigates complex road construction signs and paths with aplomb.

Unfortunately, while Canada may have FSD before the current free trial campaign expires, Europe is not getting self-driving Teslas any time soon, and Tesla's Rohan Patel has a surprise explanation whose regulations are to blame:

Would love to, but the current regulations just don’t allow for these system initiated maneuvers, which are the hallmark of the Supervised FSD system. We are doing everything we can to work with regulators (most agree with us) to change this, but the way the UN system works is with unanimous voting for these regulatory changes. We will see a better FSD system towards the end of the year, as a result of some recent changes, but more needs to change at the UN in order to allow for the full safety benefits of Supervised FSD.

This is a pretty interesting take on how much still needs to change so that Tesla's FSD reaches more cars across the globe.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk once again confirmed that Tesla's autonomous driving systems are up for licensing by any manufacturer. Such deals could become a nice revenue stream for Tesla, provided that regulators didn't stand in the way of actually using FSD everywhere.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2024-04- 5 (Update: 2024-04- 5)