If you currently order a Tesla Model 3 or a Model Y SUV on the manufacturer’s website, you will have the choice between three levels of driving aids. As standard, the Autopilot equips the car with adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping system. For €3,800, the improved Autopilot adds to this basic equipment a coupling with navigation as well as other functionalities such as automatic lane change, automatic parking or even automatic parking exit. If you are willing to pay €7,500, on the other hand, you can simply equip your Tesla with “fully autonomous driving capability”. In addition to the improved Autopilot systems, this equipment adds recognition of traffic lights and stop signs. It also promises, as its name suggests, 100% autonomous driving when the system is officially approved by Tesla in Europe. Pending this possible approval, the Tesla sold in Europe cannot therefore operate this system aimed at completely replacing the driver.
In the United States, things are a little different. There, the FSD (“Full Self Driving”) is really functional for the 100,000 Tesla customers who have signed up to help develop the system by becoming “beta testers”. Legally, it still requires you to stay behind the wheel and monitor everything the car is doing to make any corrections. And on the occasion of a new update of this FSD software, its price will increase from September 5 to 15,000 dollars (€15,110) instead of the current 12,000 dollars. Or now the price of a small car for a software not yet finalized, whose persistent bugs prevent for the moment from using its Tesla as a real autonomous car in the United States (where it is not yet anyway certified as such).
Tesla’s autonomous driving ready in 2023?
A few days ago, Elon Musk claimed that Tesla’s 100% autonomous driving software would finally be ready for the year 2023. If this were the case and subject to approval in Europe and France, it would therefore become possible to use his Tesla in the near future with truly autonomous driving. But for the moment here, Tesla has not even approved level 3 driving assistance systems, the very ones that now allow the Mercedes S-Class and EQS to drive autonomously in German motorway traffic jams. up to 60 km/h. And there are undoubtedly long legal battles before the legislator agrees to approve a fully autonomous driving system…