How Does Tesla ‘Autopark’ Parallel Parking Work?

Tesla Version 7 introduces an ‘Autopark’ feature as part of the Autopilot suite which will allow the Model S (and Model X) to parallel park itself. Using a combination of radar, ultrasonic sensors and cameras, the Tesla will prompt the driver to initiate Autopark by a simple touch of a button from the 17″ center touchscreen.

Updated Jan 9, 2016

Align the Vehicle

No different than if you were to parallel park yourself, pull forward while next to the vehicles as you normally would at a slow speed (below 10 mph) until a “P” appears on the instrument panel. This is your indicator that the vehicle is ready to parallel park itself.

Shift the vehicle into (R)everse while keeping your foot on the brake to begin the next process.

Aligning Model S for Autopark

[Source: Vanessa Freeman via YouTube]

TIP: A curb must be present before Autopark can be initiated.

Start Autopark

Starting the Autopark process

[Source: Sigve Albretsen via YouTube]

A “P” indicator will appear on the instrument cluster and center touchscreen once the vehicle is properly aligned. A blue “START” button will also appear on the touchscreen. Tapping this button will begin the self parallel parking process. An alert message will appear if you have your foot on the brake.

Alert to release brake when in Autopark mode


Watch Autopark in Action

At this point sit back, relax, and remove your hands from the steering wheel. The vehicle will begin self-turning and maneuver itself into the designated parking space with precision. The instrument cluster and center touchscreen will read “Autopark in Progress”.

Once the vehicle has successfully parked itself, a chime will sound along with a message that reads “Autopark Complete”.

TIP: The Autopark process can be aborted at any point by stepping on the brakes or tapping the “CANCEL” button on the touchscreen.

From the Inside

From the Outside


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How Does Tesla ‘Autopark’ Parallel Parking Work?
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