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What is Tesla’s Autopilot?

Autopilot or now more frequently called Enhanced Autopilot (EAP) is an optional driver-assist system for Tesla vehicles. Some hardware versions are promised with the full self-driving feature.

The autopilot feature allows the vehicles to auto steer, adjust speed, apply brakes, and self-park by utilizing multiple radars, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and GPS.

There are currently three hardware versions for the autopilot: 1, 2, and 2.5. Tesla announced that 3 will be coming out in 2019.

Autopilot Hardware 1.0

$ 99

Per Month
  • Manufactured between September 2014 and October 2016
  • Front Facing Camera
  • Forward-facing radar
  • 360° ultrasonic sensors
  • GPS and high-resolution digital maps
  • Lane keep with centering
  • TACC (Traffic Aware Cruise Control)
  • Emergency collision avoidance and various warnings
  • Distinguishes between a semi, car, motorbike and even a person
  • Lane change with indicator/signal movement
  • AutoPark with Self parallel parking and parking space detection
  • Automatic high/low beam headlights
  • Vehicle Lane avoidance

Enhanced Autopilot Hardware 2.0

$ 99

Per Month
  • Manufactured between October 2016 and August 2017
  • Eight 360 degrees surround cameras
  • ImprovedForward-facing radar
  • Twelve updated 360° ultrasonic sensors
  • GPS and high-resolution digital maps
  • Lane keep with centering
  • TACC (Traffic Aware Cruise Control)
  • Emergency collision avoidance and various warnings
  • Distinguishes between a semi, car, motorbike and even a person
  • Lane change with indicator/signal movement
  • AutoPark with Self parallel parking and parking space detection
  • Automatic high/low beam headlights
  • Vehicle Lane avoidance
  • Enhanced detection
  • Nav on Autopilot
  • Full self-driving capability

Enhanced Autopilot Hardware 2.5

$ 99

Per Month
  • Manufactured between August 2017 and present
  • Eight 360 degrees surround cameras
  • Improved Forward-facing radar
  • Twelve updated 360° ultrasonic sensors
  • GPS and high-resolution digital maps
  • Lane keep with centering
  • TACC (Traffic Aware Cruise Control)
  • Emergency collision avoidance and various warnings
  • Distinguishes between a semi, car, motorbike and even a person
  • Lane change with indicator/signal movement
  • AutoPark with Self parallel parking and parking space detection
  • Automatic high/low beam headlights
  • Vehicle Lane avoidance
  • Enhanced detection
  • Nav on Autopilot
  • Full self-driving capability
  • Upgraded Main Computing Unit
  • Dash cam
  • Selfie cam (inactive)

Autopilot is a great technology but it’s important to know that it is not yet a full self-driving technology. AP 2 and up have the capabilities, but we won’t know for sure when FSD will become available.

Note: When buying used cars on the Tesla website, if it is an AP1, it will just say Autopilot with Convenience Features. If it says Enhanced Autopilot, it refers to 2 or 2.5.

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