What is autopilot?
Autopilot is the advanced driver assistance system from Tesla, currently classified as a Level 2 automated system. It consists of external cameras, a radar, ultrasonic sensors and a powerful onboard computer.
Notable features of Autopilot are:
- Traffic-aware cruise control
- Auto lane change
- Navigate on autopilot
Do all Tesla cars have autopilot?
Alle Tesla cars built since October 2016 come with the necessary hardware for all autopilot features. Cars built between September 2014 and October 2016 include one camera and less-powerful radar and ultrasonic sensors.
These active safety features are part of Tesla’s autopilot and are free of charge:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Collision Warning
- Side Collision Warning
- Obstacle Aware Acceleration
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Lane Departure Avoidance
- Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance
These autopilot features need to be purchased (when you buy the car or after delivery):
- Traffic-Aware Cruise Control
- Navigate on Autopilot (Beta)
- Auto Lane Change
All Tesla cars have autopilot hardware, but you need to buy a software upgrade to use all features.