Over the years Tesla autopilot options have been changing and this change may not be a complete surprise for many. Earlier Tesla used to have an enhanced autopilot option which gives all Full Self Driving features except for some. It also didn’t include a future potential to have full capacity to unlock a full self-driving system.
Gradually the company removed the enhanced option, shifting to a Full Self Driving package, that is now priced at $12,000. While the price kept increasing over years, Tesla did not offer a complete fully self-driving technology, which is possibly why it decided to bring back the enhanced autopilot option. Over the last year, the updates have been notable, but not close enough for the software to be fully autonomous. Interestingly the reason why Tesla removed the enhanced option was that Tesla failed to keep up with the deadlines and finally removed it as an option.
The features of the Tesla Full Self Driving package include navigation on autopilot, auto lane change, summon, smart summon, and auto park. The package is left with all functionality of basic autopilot and enhanced autopilot, traffic light, and stop sign control.
Enhanced Autopilot has been available in various markets around the world. It offers the ‘Navigate’ function on Autopilot as well as a few other notable features. For instance, those who purchase the add-on gain access to ‘Auto Lane Change,’ ‘Summon’ and ‘Smart Summon’ functionality. Now the relaunch of the enhanced program is in Canada and the US. However, the program is at its early stage in various other countries. So it is already in use in other markets.
Recently, Tesla launched Enhanced Autopilot in new markets like Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Singapore. Now, Canada and U.S. are seeing the return of Enhanced Autopilot. At one point, Tesla offered trials to test out the system prior to purchasing. It now appears as though those who wish to test it must purchase Enhanced Autopilot for the full $6,400. The option to purchase Enhanced Autopilot is available to new buyers as well as existing Tesla owners.
In 2019, Tesla offered the feature to new buyers in North America. However, the company reverted access to the feature as it rolled out Full Self Driving, effectively replacing Enhanced Autopilot. However, the transition to Full Self Driving came with an even steeper price tag. The package is available in Canada for $10,600. The reintroduction of Enhanced Autopilot effectively gives drives more options and feature models for their Tesla vehicle.