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Tesla (Enhanced) Autopilot vs. Full Self-Driving: What’s the difference now?

Tesla has announced a 50% price reduction on Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability for existing Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles.

Interested buyers of Tesla’s semi-autonomous feature package can use a new one-click payment process to add Autopilot to an existing vehicle for $2,000 (originally $4,000 when purchased after vehicle delivery) and Full Self-Driving for $2,000, reduced from the original price of $5,000 when added after delivery. The announcement comes a day after Tesla launched its $35,000 Model 3, and drastically reduced the price of its flagship Model S and Model X vehicles.

Tesla explains in a new blog post, “All customers who bought a Tesla before yesterday’s price decrease will be able to buy the Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability for half of what those features would normally cost after initial purchase.”

Though the announcement is a seemingly welcomed change, the Autopilot update has created some confusion among Tesla owners, prompting CEO Elon Musk to clarify over Twitter.

Tesla Autopilot

On February 28, 2019, Tesla updated the details for its Autopilot suite that includes the replacement of “Enhanced Autopilot” with “Autopilot”, along with adjustments to pricing and features.

Taking a closer look at the details between Tesla’s original Enhanced Autopilot and what’s now being called Autopilot, and it’s evident that Tesla shifted some of the original features of Enhanced Autopilot to Full Self-Driving. However, Tesla also added two additional features to the Full Self-Driving Capability that will enable the vehicle to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs, and perform automatic driving on city streets.

Autopilot Cost

The cost of Autopilot depends on several factors depending on the date a Model S, Model X or Model 3 was purchased and also if Autopilot was added at the time of vehicle purchase.

  • Autopilot – $2,000 (this is the newly introduced 50% discount) when added to a vehicle that was purchased without Enhanced Autopilot. Vehicle must be purchased before February 28, 2019.
  • Autopilot – $3,000 when added at the time of vehicle purchase. Vehicle must be purchased on February 28, 2019, or anytime thereafter.
  • Autopilot – $4,000 when added to a vehicle after delivery. Vehicle must be purchased on February 28, 2019, or anytime thereafter.

Autopilot Features*

  • Auto Lane Change
  • Autosteer
  • Traffic-Aware Cruise Control
  • Autopark
  • Summon
  • Navigate on Autopilot

* The strikethroughs represents features that were originally part of Enhanced Autopilot but now moved to Full Self-Driving Capability.

Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) Capability, updated February 28, 2019

Autopilot Full Self-Driving Cost

The cost for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature also varies depending on the date of vehicle purchase. FSD requires Autopilot.

  • FSD – $2,000 (this is the newly introduced 50% discount) when added to any Model S, Model X, or Model 3 that was purchased with Enhanced Autopilot before February 28, 2019. Total cost of EAP ($5,000) + FSD ($2,000) = $7,000.
  • FSD – $3,000 when added to any Model S, Model X, or Model 3 that was purchased without Enhanced Autopilot before February 28, 2019. Total cost of AP ($2,000) + FSD ($3,000) = $5,000.
  • FSD – $5,000 when added at the time of vehicle purchase on February 28, 2019, or anytime thereafter. Total cost of AP ($3,000) + FSD ($5,000) = $8,000.
  • FSD – $7,000 when added to a vehicle that was purchased on February 28, 2019, or anytime thereafter, and already delivered. Total cost of AP ($4,000) + FSD ($7,000) = $11,000.

FSD Features*

  • Autopark: both parallel and perpendicular spaces.
  • Navigate on Autopilot: automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars.
  • (Advanced) Summon: “Your parked car will come find you anywhere in a parking lot. Really.”
  • Coming later in 2019: Recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Coming later in 2019: Automatic driving on city streets.

 

Tesla’s online configurator, March 2019

Tesla explains the recent Autopilot update in its blog post, which we’ve provided below.

Upgrading to Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability

All customers who bought a Tesla before yesterday’s price decrease will be able to buy the Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability for half of what those features would normally cost after initial purchase.

Autopilot, which enables automatic steering, accelerating and braking, normally costs $4,000 after delivery and Full Self-Driving normally costs $7,000 after delivery. Full Self-Driving capability includes Navigate on Autopilot, Advanced Summon, Auto Lane Change, Autopark and, later this year, will recognize and respond to traffic lights.

Any customer who bought a Tesla prior to this week’s price adjustment will be able to upgrade to Autopilot for $2,000 or Full Self-Driving capability for an additional $3,000. In other words, for a customer who previously hadn’t purchased Autopilot plus Full Self-Driving, they will soon be able to do so for $6,000 less than before. Customers who previously purchased Full Self-Driving will receive an invitation to Tesla’s Early Access Program (EAP). EAP members are invited to experience and provide feedback on new features and functionality before they are rolled out to other customers.

Beginning next month, any existing customer who wants to upgrade to Autopilot or Full Self-Driving capability will be able to do so with a one-click payment. There will be no need to call anyone, and it will be as easy as it was to order your car in the first place.

Tesla (Enhanced) Autopilot vs. Full Self-Driving: What’s the difference now?
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