What is Tesla Autopilot?
Tesla Autopilot is the umbrella term for the advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) available on the company’s vehicles. Featuring eight external cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, a forward-facing radar, and a powerful on-board computer, Autopilot can process visual, sonar, and radar data to provide a 360-degree field of vision.
Note, however, that this expansive set of hardware and software is only applicable to vehicles produced after October 2016. Those built from September 2014 and up to October 2016 were manufactured with one camera and a less powerful radar and sensors, and cannot be retrofitted to accommodate the latest Autopilot technology.
Also, for those unaware of Tesla’s pricing structure, the simple explanation is “subject to change.” So, while Autopilot capability is standard on all new vehicles, its activation is not.