UPDATE: Tesla Autopilot Approved Europe

FEB 8 2019 BY MARK KANE 14

The Autopilot system is to be enabled on the Model 3 in Europe with a small delay

The Tesla Model 3 was officially approved for sale in Europe, but as it turns out the original Type Approval from RDW in the Netherlands doesn’t include the Tesla Autopilot.

***UPDATE: Tesla has reportedly gained European approval for Autopilot. Title adjusted to reflect this new news:

The first Model 3 delivered to customers in Europe has disabled Autopilot feature, which according to Tesla is expected to be enabled in Europe next week, when a separate approval will be issued.

The slight delay between car sales and enabling Autopilot is apparently caused by the requirement to additionally test the Autopilot for Model 3 (it has different hardware than Autopilot in Model S and Model X).

“On Jan. 18, Tesla told The Times, “We have received European vehicle type approval for Model 3,” but did not mention that the approval did not include Autopilot.”

““We are planning to enable Autopilot in Europe beginning next week,” a Tesla spokesman told The Times on Thursday. The company did not answer any other questions, including one about when it expects type approval for Autopilot.”

The first volume shipments of Model 3 in Europe counted about 1,400 cars. The first of them were already delivered, but the process is not very fast in the beginning – some already described it as “delivery hell”.

“Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk acknowledged the rocky start in a tweet Wednesday: “Sorry, many unexpected challenges with cars coming through Zeebrugge first time. Cars will start moving out in volume tomorrow.”

Source: latimes.com

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This seems kinda strange to me, given that they had the cars to test with long ago and that type approval was already granted, and that AP / EAP has been a feature in Model S / X for ages already. So I started thinking, why would the type approval already given not cover AP for the cars being delivered? And then it hit me: The cars being delivered must be different from the ones that were tested, and specifically different with regards to the AP that was tested. Now that can’t be a software thing, because if AP software had changed such that it wasn’t approved any more then (a) existing Model S and X on the road already would also be affected, and (b) Tesla would be able to just deploy the old version of AP while waiting for the new approval, and nobody would know or care about this. So it must be hardware that is different. And that can only mean one thing: The Model 3s being delivered in Europe today are fitted with the AP Hardware version 3, whereas the earlier ones that were type tested were fitted with Hardware 2. So my conclusion on… Read more »

This is a non issue, Tesla has a lot of challenges ahead of them, this is not one of them. This is will solved very soon.

Sounds like they issued type approval today? So indeed, this is nothing.

From my delivery manager the car are leaving slowly zeebrugge at the moment but the car I’ve been assigned and was supposed to get on Thrusday (and so activate the insurance/taxes/loan/license plate…I’m belgian) it still not available .They will not work on this this weekend , perhaps I will have some news on Monday morning but not garantee provide…

Not a very warm welcome to the tesla family…

Rasmus Birkegaard Christensen

If you want a warm, welcome you should have waited a couple of months and let the storm settle. I am also waiting for my m3p but i knew that delays were inevitable due to the hype.

I know they I’ll be delay but I didn’t expect my scto call me to get the car immediately and finally learn into the evening that they didn’t event got the car…and false promises of deliver the day after and after…during that time I pay a car and the whole package. Each time taking half day off at work and looking for somebody to drive me there…

Got my m3 yesterday, one of the first in europe i beleave. Its awsome

Therefore from now on your user name should be “Snelle Jelle”.

(Snelle Jelle = Fast Jelle)

There is no serious sources stating that it’s now approved. The one that is quoted here refers to Bloomberg while there is absolutely no such news on bloomberg’s website.

Rasmus Birkegaard Christensen

Stinking alpha reports it too

Tesla delivers 1,400 Model 3 to Europe this week, yet those old, established car companies have run out of inventory with just 900 vehicles delivered to some markets. Just really makes you wonder how those companies will go if they can’t get their battery suppliers in order.

Another big ado about nothing.

Does the Tesla 3 cars arrive in EU ready for delivery? So there is import duty to be paid on these cars?

Are the Tesla “final assembly factory” in Tilburg NL still in use?

I wonder how many ships are in transit to Europe right now.