Tesla today, along with the $35,000 Model 3 and other goodies, announced it would be taking Autopilot to the next level, this year…
Tesla’s AP options for the Model 3 now state the following, bold emphasis mine:
Full Self-Driving Capability
- Navigate on Autopilot: automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars.
- Autopark: both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
- Summon: your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.
Coming later this year:
- Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
- Automatic driving on city streets.
We’ve heard that advanced summon is already in wider testing so that should be a software update in the coming weeks.
The new pricing scheme works like this: Current AP will be $3,000 if purchased with car or $4,000 after. Full Self driving will be a $5,000 with the purchase of the car and a whopping $7,000 after.
So that means that all the Enhanced Autopilot features from the previous options are now in full self driving (FSD)/
The monster caveat:
The currently enabled features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous. The activation and use of these features are dependent on achieving reliability far in excess of human drivers as demonstrated by billions of miles of experience, as well as regulatory approval, which may take longer in some jurisdictions. As these self-driving features evolve, your car will be continuously upgraded through over-the-air software updates.
Here goes Tesla proving the naysayers wrong again. At some point later this year, it sounds like you’ll be able to autopilot from a Summon in a parking lot to the other side of the country without making a move on the wheel.
Obviously grains of salt. This is a very hard thing to do and of course, you will need to have full attention to the road and likely still have your hands on the wheel.
Still this is a huge step for Tesla and the automotive world in general.