Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., confirmed the wider launch of the full-self driving, or FSD, software in North America on Thursday.
What Happened: Musk took to Twitter to say that Tesla's FSD is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen and has paid for it.
The Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it from the car screen, assuming you have bought this option.
Congratulations to the Tesla Autopilot AI team on achieving a major milestone!
When Ford Motor Co.'s NYSE North America Product Communications Director Mike Levine was asked about the company's progress on its own full-self driving, he took the opportunity to hit back at Tesla.
While he said that Ford's FSD is not coming soon, he went a step ahead and criticized the EV pioneer for the exorbitant pricing of its FSD software suite and questioned the credibility of full-autonomy claims.
Why It's Important: Musk announced a 25 percent price hike for Tesla's FSD to $15,000 in mid-August.
The critics of FSD software have questioned the company's claims of autonomy. Only with Level 3 autonomy and above, a vehicle can achieve the status of full self-driving without the involvement of a driver.
Price Action: Tesla shares rose 2.76% to $188.25 in premarket trading on Friday, according to Benzinga Pro data.