What is the difference between autopilot and full self-driving?

I spend a lot of time commuting, so I’m considering upgrading to a Tesla for a few reasons—including the awesome driver assistance features. But I’m a little confused between some of the options. Can you help explain the difference between their autopilot features and full self-driving?

Macy Fouse · Answered on Mar 01, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You’re right, it does sound confusing! Tesla models are popular for their autopilot features, but some models will eventually come with full self-drive mode. Autopilot is an advanced system of driver assistance technology, while full self-drive is a mode for future Tesla models that will assist the autopilot system in being even more autonomous.
Let’s break it down further.
Autopilot comes standard on every new Tesla model and includes traffic-aware cruise control—which matches your car’s speed to the speed of traffic—and autosteer, which helps you stay in your lane.
While full self-driving capability is currently still in beta testing mode as of February 2022, it will include upgraded features like:
  • Navigating on autopilot, which guides your car on and off highway ramps, suggests lane changes, automatically signals, and takes exits
  • Auto lane change
  • Autopark, including parallel parking
  • Smart summon, which brings your car to you when it’s parked in tight spaces
  • Traffic and stop sign control, which automatically slows your car to stop at intersections
While these modes will still require drivers to pay attention to the road with both hands on the wheel, they are intended to reduce the overall workload of a driver. Full self-driving mode will cost a minimum of $6,000 to add to a Tesla model.
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