Autopilot Convenience Feature

Autopilot Convenience Feature

What is the autopilot convenience feature option? It is my understanding that hardware has already been installed in the cars for autopilot and the free software over the air update provided the functionality. Teslas are driving around now with autopilot. What would we be paying $2500 for?

MrBuffer | 03. Dezember 2015

You're basically paying for access to use the software/feature. I believe all X's will come with the hardware necessary to run Autopilot. If you buy the Autopilot package when buying your X it costs $2500. If you do not choose the option and decide later you want it, I think it costs $3000. Hope this answers your question.

jjs | 03. Dezember 2015

The software to enable the autopilot.

jjs | 03. Dezember 2015

...or I should say, the autopilot software activated.

jdub9 | 03. Dezember 2015

Thank you for your replies. That clears it up but I can't help but feel a bit forced into this "option" that will make a Tesla a true Tesla.

vperl | 03. Dezember 2015


No one is being forced.

If you feel forced.... I have perfect solution.

Buy a KIA, be happy®

jomorale | 03. Dezember 2015

It’s like a toll road, the hardware is there but you need to pay a few to use it.

jomorale | 03. Dezember 2015

It’s like a toll road, the hardware is there but you need to pay a fee to use it.

MyXinTx | 03. Dezember 2015

I think the concept is genius, especially for resale value given the lack of wisdom of some of the initial buyers.

TM guarantees that each vehicle is capable of Autopilot, even if the first owner chooses not to activate upon purchase or later.

What is somewhat annoying is that it is an option in the first place, for spending near a $100K for a SUV that is mostly a battery, electric motor, and a few mechanical elements the use of the Autopilot should be ready to go as a standard option.

I wonder how many will actually pass on the $2500, a very small amount I predict.

It's just another marketing ploy, like putting the actual price in small font, but minus the $7500 credit and Estimate fuel savings in LARGE numbers...

adamgreen | 03. Dezember 2015

I agree that it's a "golden screwdriver" (something that is said to have contributed to the failure of IBM in the 90's because of its assumption of largesse from its customers ... the hardware could support 10,000 users, but the license limited the system to 1000 users ... unless you type in a code that might cost $1M ... then you can add another 1000 users ... )

Given the nominal $500 to retrofit Autopilot, I assume there's little or no hardware, just setup and configuration. I guess it's harmless to the consumer whether Tesla warehouses the Autopilot hardware and plugs it in later (that's what Porsche does ... every individual car is "VIN specific" right down to the wiring) or puts it all in the car on the production line.

Tâm | 04. Dezember 2015


It's just like when you move into an apartment, you would see all the hardware to receive a TV signal is there.

However, you can't get any TV signal until you pay a fee to a cable company.

Triggerplz | 04. Dezember 2015

@tam Some apartments the TV signal is included in the rent and what he is saying is that this feature should be included in that over 100k price

Xerogas | 04. Dezember 2015

I think it's great -- some people simply don't want autopilot, or don't think it's worth the money, so they are able to buy the car for $2500 less. One could complain about the profit margin of *any* option, such as leather seats, ludicrous mode (some kind of fuse that costs far less than $10K, I'm sure), xenon headlights, supercharging, TPMS, etc.

I, for instance, am able to surprise my friends by saying "I bought a brand-new Tesla for under $50K", which helps them get over their preconceived notion that all Teslas are $100K+ cars. How did I do it? I bought a 40kWH model S, which is really a 60kWH battery with a software limit that prevents it from charging past 72%, and got a $10K federal+state rebate. If I pay Tesla $13K, they will unlock the remaining range and supercharger access. In the meantime, I am ecstatic that I could afford the car of my dreams.

pvetesla | 05. Dezember 2015

OK. So why not skip on the autopilot and skip on taxes too?

I'm guessing Telsa won't tax me on the $3,000 when I upgrade after the purchase and the DMV won't tax on the new, higher value of the car every year I renew the registration.

aesculus | 05. Dezember 2015

@pvetesla: Interesting thought. I too am not all that excited about ap in its current state. I am either all in for self driving or I want to drive the car myself. I am also not certain that the hw won't change dramatically in the next few years negating the current system worthless.

I would like to know if Tesla does not charge tax on the upgrade (could be worth about $240) and I am sure the DMV would never see it. So the penalty for waiting is only about $250. You would loose a lot more than that by depreciation on resale.

So if you are like me and not sold on AP, it is probably better to just skip that option and defer the decision to a later date.

Claudedohrn | 05. Dezember 2015

I recently took a trip with my son's Volvo, using the Adaptive Cruise Control for some 95% of the trip. I obviously had to steer for myself, but the lowered stress of not having to constantly adjust speed in the Thanksgiving holiday traffic was worth every penny that software cost. I still had to be attentive, but the software did not err once.

One of the big reasons I'm getting a Tesla is for the AP functionality. Something like it will eventually be in most cars, but I want a head start on the future.

aesculus | 05. Dezember 2015

Is cruise control (constant speed) a standard features in Tesla? I do use that feature in my current car, but have no desire for auto steering, braking etc.

Roamer@AZ USA | 05. Dezember 2015

I have thousands of miles driving on AP in my Model S. I absolutly love using the system.

MyXinTx | 06. Dezember 2015

I believe adaptive cruise control is a standard on all AP capable Teslas, please correct me if I am incorrect.

My wife's Touareg has it, and it is such a stress reducer on almost all roads, as I constantly use it on my local 30MPH roads to avoid getting a ticket, plus a pleasure on the highways.

If I had it on my Cayenne, I might be less anxious for my X...nahhh.

The AP lane change and parallel park is less of a necessity to me, other than having such a cool high-tech vehicle. But to have the X open the garage door, back out of the garage and wait for me on my driveway in the that's worth the price of admission.

aesculus | 06. Dezember 2015

@WaitN4myX: I believe adaptive cruise control is a standard on all AP capable Teslas, please correct me if I am incorrect.

I was inquiring if it was standard without AP. That is in every vehicle out there today. Requiring AP just to have cruise control would be a push.

aesculus | 06. Dezember 2015

Ah. Re re-reading I you stated 'capable' and not 'enabled'. So I guess you answered my question.

MyXinTx | 07. Dezember 2015

Yup, adaptive cruise control (ACC) requires the hardware for AP which was active before the before the AP update. So ACC is standard on all AP Capable S vehicle. So much nicer than having it as a standard like most other cars which make it a $1000+ option. Same with Blind Spot detection.

Redmiata98 | 21. Dezember 2015

I wonder how many people who have used autopilot for a while would say that they were sorry they got it? I for one would certainly miss it and am glad I got it. My conservative guess would be more than 50% would say the upgrade was worth the cost.

Jrobitscher | 06. November 2016

My order says Autopilot Convenience Feature on my order with a cost $5000, but does not say enhanced autopilot. Should I be worried?

lilbean | 06. November 2016

You should probably make a phone call or send an email to confirm.

oragne lovre | 07. November 2016

TACC is awesome. It takes away my driving fatigue resulting from bumper-to-bumper traffic jam.

vperl | 08. November 2016


No, I made call .

But, go ahead call.

Hearing it from Tesla will be better

NumberOne | 10. Dezember 2016

One thing I do not really like about the new autopilot (with 1st generation hardware) is that I have to really have a tight grip on the steering wheel, and when the road curves, I might provide just too much resistance and it will turn off. Also, when holding the steering wheel the same way I have for the past 30 years, without issues, the car warns me to hold the wheel. TACC is much more useful.

Redmiata98 | 11. Dezember 2016

Number one, the change unfortunately is a reaction to the regulators after the Florida crash. Yes, it does require a different grip to quell the beast. Try turning the wheel just slightly or resisting just a bit when the steering wheel starts to turn. I think the sendors are keying on the resistance to torque not the pressure on the steering wheel.

aesculus | 12. Dezember 2016

@Redmiata98: I agree. I still cruise on long distances on remote highways with just one hand on the steering wheel while my arm is braced of the drivers armrest. I rarely get the nag. But I purposefully fight the steering just wee bit when it's correcting to let it know that I am there. Sometimes my force is a bit too strong and it disconnects, but not often.