Tesla to begin charging for basic connectivity services after eight years

Tesla makes some of the most advanced and technologically advanced vehicles today, but that functionality comes at a price. The automaker's vehicles are expensive, and to preserve the technology over the long term, some buyers pay a monthly subscription to access certain services. Tesla offered a free basic connectivity service, but that's changing in the future. The automaker will offer free standard connectivity for the first eight years of ownership, after which it will charge a subscription fee.
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July 20, 2022 was the deadline for free lifetime connectivity. Buyers now have eight years of service from the date of purchase, after which they must pay a monthly or annual subscription fee. The standard service is the lower of two levels of connectivity that Tesla offers. It includes navigation but lacks live traffic, video streaming, and other features from the premium tier, which already costs $99 per year. Most people upgrade to the premium features, so this won't be a big change for many buyers.
While many like to switch between new cars every few years, people tend to keep cars for longer than eight years. iSeeCars found that people keep cars for an average of 8.4 years, so there's a chance owners could experience service disruption in their long-running Tesla. At the same time, technology is evolving at a rapid pace, so it will be interesting to see if average tenure changes.
People may be tempted to swap cars for new technology and features, but automakers are working to make their vehicles as durable as possible. Over-the-Air (OTA) updates allow automakers to add new features, improve existing systems, and extend the life of a technically advanced car. Whether they can add enough to keep a vehicle interesting for eight years or more remains to be seen, although Tesla is working on adding features like new driving modes, pet parking modes, and even games via OTAs.
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