Tesla surreptitiously removed the self-driving features from one of its cars after it was sold to a dealership, according to a report from Jalopnik.
The vehicle, a Model S, was sold to a third-party dealership via auction on November 15 last year. A month later, on December 20, it was bought by a customer identified in the report as "Alec."
When Alec bought the car it was listed as coming with Tesla's "Enhanced Autopilot" and "Full Self Driving Capability" features, as confirmed in documentation viewed by Jalopnik.
So Tesla apparently feels there is money to be made by charging (no pun intended...) subsequent owners for features included in the car's original price. As cars become more computer than vehicle, and other makers adopt OTA updates, is this the wave of the future? As always, "caveat emptor!"An invoice from Tesla later revealed that on November 18, three days after the car was sold to the dealer, Tesla conducted an "audit" of the car and decided the features had not been paid for. Consequently when the car received its next software update in December, those features were remotely removed from the vehicle.
Tesla confirmed to the owner it had removed the features, and said he would be able to "purchase an upgrade" if he'd like them back.