Let’s Dive Into Recent Changes To Tesla Autopilot Feature Availability


MAR 2 2019 BY EVANNEX 30


Guest post: Blaine Erwin, Current Automotive

Tesla dropped a bit of a bombshell yesterday, announcing the introduction of the Standard Range Model 3, a number of price and feature changes, and the transition to online sales only along with the closure of its retail stores.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Posted by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla’s Model 3 (Instagram: Current Automotive)

Autopilot features have changed as a result of the announcement. Enhanced Autopilot is no longer available as an option, instead replaced with two options: Autopilot and Full Self Driving Capability.

The prices and available features have been adjusted as well. Enhanced Autopilot offered Adaptive Cruise Control, Autosteer, Summon, Autopark, and Navigate on Autopilot for a price of $5,000 before delivery ($7,000 post-delivery). The new Autopilot option only includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Autosteer, and is priced at $3,000.

Drivers who want Summon, Autopark, and Navigate on Autopilot will need to opt for the new Full Self Driving Capability option for an additional $5,000. That cost also includes the planned, but not yet released, stop sign and traffic light recognition, automatic driving on city streets. Keep in mind that local and federal regulations may delay the availability of these last two features.

Only the new Full Self Driving Capability option offers feature parity with the previously released version of Enhanced Autopilot, with the exception of the upcoming stop sign and traffic light recognition. The following table breaks down what features are available for each version of the software. Please note that the three functions with an asterisk are not yet available.

Above: Looking at the evolving feature availability of Tesla’s Autopilot from October 2014 to present (Source: Current Automotive)

Essentially, Tesla repackaged the two most desirable Autopilot features, Adaptive Cruise Control and Autosteer, to create an entry-level version of the software for $3,000. This allowed them to add extra value to the Full Self Driving Capability option by including Summon, Autopark, and Navigate on Autopilot features. Previously, customers opting for the off-menu Full Self Driving option were paying for access to software capabilities that didn’t exist yet. Now, those customers get a combination of both currently available features and ones promised for the future.

These price and feature availability changes do affect cars that were delivered before February 27, 2019, if they didn’t have Enhanced Autopilot. As an example, to upgrade an early 2018 Model 3 that does not currently have Enhanced Autopilot active now would cost $11,000 to get the same features of Enhanced Autopilot before February 27, 2019, but will also receive the additional Full Self Driving features. Take a look at this screenshot for the upgrade options on vehicles without Enhanced Autopilot:

Above: Screenshot from Tesla (Image: Current Automotive via Tesla)

Of course, Tesla can’t remove functionality from a car that was already sold. Cars delivered with Autopilot 1 or Enhanced Autopilot before February 27, 2019 will continue to retain Autosteer, Autopark, Summon and Adaptive Cruise Control. Additionally, vehicles equipped with Enhanced Autopilot will continue to have Navigate on Autopilot.

Teslas with Autopilot 1 do not have the hardware necessary for Full Self Driving functionality. As such, they don’t have the option to upgrade.

This is good news for consumers who want Autopilot predominantly for the Adaptive Cruise Control and Autosteer functions – as it’s now offered at a big discount. On the other hand, Autopark and Summon were previously staple Autopilot features, available since day one of the software. Consumers after those functions who don’t care for the Full Self Driving functions should seek vehicles equipped with Autopilot v1, or Enhanced Autopilot on the used market.


*Source: Current Automotive; Editor’s Note: Current Automotive is the first-ever U.S. car retailer focused exclusively on used electric cars launched by two former Tesla employees.

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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30 Comments on "Let’s Dive Into Recent Changes To Tesla Autopilot Feature Availability"

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Good stuff Tesla ‼️

Now bring a baller lease to market.

Anyone who bought before the SR release can add AP for $2000 and FSD for $3000. Needless to say, people like me who didn’t think EAP was worth the money are thrilled. People who already paid for EAP+FSD are not so thrilled!


Ditto for me. I’m going to order AP at the price of $2000. My account still shows $4000 but I guess it will change soon.

AP and FSD upgrades are pure cash left on the table. Tesla should do whatever it can to get it.

I bought my 2 Model 3s at their highest list prices and would never complain about the recent price changes but will gladly accept the new offer for AP.

Yep, I was about to order still $4000.

According to Tesla’s blog post on the subject, the new price for us should start next month, so I’m guessing April. I am thrilled myself, will enjoy those features the most out of anything else.

Agreed! My account still shows AP at $4k, but I hope that it will change soon.

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

We rarely use the Summon /Autopark — too slow. Cute, but really — just too slow.

Navigate on Autopilot not really value-added anyways at this time as I usually take over on the merges and take offs cause it still drives like my teenage daughter during those crucial moments.

Nice of Tesla to match up the AP with common day uses and lower entry price. I’m sure more than a few will buy-up to full by end of 2019. They’ve probably modeled the numbers to make it to their advantage — win/win

Edit: Tesla has done right for all stakeholders – shareholders, debt holders, customers. Balanced the rollout as best as possible and dropped prices as fiscally possible. Ask if the Kona dealers are doing the same.

I personally feel I overpaid for EAP at $5000. My Model 3 December delivery the auto park is very slow and summon isn’t that useful. I should have waited and save $2000 with adaptive cruise and auto steer. Additionally I paid $60k for my LR AWD now it seems I have lost over 10k in 3 months time. Just doesn’t feel right but I guess it’s a good deal for new buyers only.

But you still got the full tax credit right?

Full tax credit doesn’t cover the price drops. Im still in the red by $5500! At least.

Early adopter’s dilemma. You are always going to pay more for the privilege of being one the first ones with the tech.

The base price AWD was 53K in Dec, now its 47K, that’s only a diff of 6K. The rebate is $3,750 less now so the real diff is $2,250.

EAP at $5000 was not worth the money and I am glad I didn’t pay for it. TACC was the best thing about EAP and I would have paid $2000 for it… Tesla is doing right by the pricing.

Another good graphic:
. http://i.imgur.com/LLg3XrC.jpg

Thanks for the information. I paid the same amount for FSD but now it will cost me $3000 more. Now I know i got ripped off. Tesla should at least give the EAP owner FSD.

Thank you, Sir. I was very confused about the changes. (it was $5000 first level + $3000 next level. Now it is $3000 first level + $5000 next level). This graphics finally explains it.

Thank you, scottf200. This one is really helpful.

Hope the Tesla , roof sheared off by driving under semi trailer at 50 mph in Florida Friday wasn’t on auto pilot.

I hope that very soon we will stop treating every bad Tesla accident as “news”, when traffic accidents involving literally every other car are not, unless it involves a famous person or there is something very strange about the accident.

I think when it’s being chosen to be investigated it’s valid news.


No automaker should get a pass if a design defect is found. That’s just common sense why we have federal oversight agencies.

I’m not against this technology but this article I think is also valid news as even Elon referred to the original not accurate “stats” this is recent news.


ACC and Lane Keeping for $3000 is too much.

That’s maybe worth $1500.

I agree, but it’s probably in Tesla’s best interest to charge what they can get for auto pilot and FSD until the demand for the lower end model is tapped. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them lower the price for auto pilot to 2000 and FSD to 4000 in the next quarter or two after the backlog for the standard range is satisfied. This would allow them to appear as though they were splitting the difference of the decreased tax rebate with the customer.

At the rate of their price drops just wait. It’ll be free.

It already is in China, but I wouldn’t count on it for here in the US. In fact, the S and X have the exact same autopilot packages and prices as the Model 3 – none of it is standard across the US lineup.

Yeah, and a coat of paint isn’t worth $1500, either, but that’s what Tesla charges.

Okay, okay, I know I lost some credibility when I used the dual motor price instead of the long range price earlier to compare two rear drive long range, but let me try again. I can now, hesitantly, claim that the new 2019 rear drive long range real cost is higher than the 2018 rear drive long range IF one options both with full self-driving. The cost for just Autopilot gives the new 2019 a $750 advantage. But with self-driving, the 2018 has a $1,250 advantage. Here goes: New 2019 Base – – – – $43,000 – Rear drive Long Range Paint – – – – 1,500 Auto – – – – -3,000 – – – – – – – – 5,000 – – – – – Self Driving – not selected Fed – – – – – (3,750) Total – – – – $43,750 – – – – – – – – 48,750 – – – – – With Self Driving Old 2018 Base – – – – – $49,000 – Rear Drive Long Range Paint – – – – – – 1,000 Auto – – – – – – -2,000 – – – – – – – –… Read more »

Tusk tweeted to say $2000 or $3000 for FSD to existing owners, “up to $6000 ‘saving'”

What never ceases to amaze me is so many Tesla owners think that the new packaging of the various automated features screwed them over somehow. IT DID NOT!! FSD was $8k before, and it is $8k now to new buyers. Chill out, and pay attention.

Does anyone have a screenshot that shows “Thank You” after you purchase the AP upgrade? I lost mine.