Tesla could bring back Enhanced Autopilot for buyers who don’t want to pay for FSD

Tesla Autopilot

  • Tesla once offered Enhanced Autopilot, an upgraded version that added features to the standard system

  • This could serve as a middle ground between the free Autopilot and the $12,000 FSD

  • This system is now available in Australia and New Zealand, which could presage a return to America

Tesla may bring back Enhanced Autopilot to offer more driver assistance features for owners who don’t want to spend the $12,000 to access the beta version of Full Self-Driving, currently offered in the United States only.

Since Tesla made its basic Autopilot system standard on all of its vehicles, it has removed the previously available Enhanced Autopilot, which offered a few additional features while not being as comprehensive as the Full Self- Driving (FSD).

This option has now been reintroduced in Australia and New Zealand, and the company’s CEO seems to favor a possible return to the US and Canada.

In their current forms, Tesla’s three driver assistance groups have different capabilities that justify their cost difference.

The standard Autopilot system included in the price of every new Tesla model is capable of controlling the car on the highway while the driver has their hands on the wheel at all times. This system is similar to offerings from many other automakers, except that it combines Lane Centering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control under one name.

The Enhanced Autopilot system adds the navigation function which allows the car to make its own lane changes as well as enter and exit freeways on its own. It also includes the Autopark and Summon functions, which allow the vehicle to park itself and, in theory, navigate a parking lot to pick up its passengers at the door.

Full autonomous driving allows recognition of traffic lights and stop signs, as well as the ability for the driver to enter an address on the navigation system and let the car drive there. This feature is currently only available in beta for select owners in the United States.

Since FSD is very expensive and may not be available to all buyers for several years, many Tesla vehicle owners want the company to bring Enhanced Autopilot back to North America.

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