Tesla’s Autopilot has been hailed as the ultimate platform for developing a fully autonomous driving solution. After 8 months of owning our Tesla Model 3, Tesla shrunk down the base Autopilot package by removing a few features, and at the same time dropping the after-purchase price from $7,000 for Enhanced Autopilot to $4,000 for the new Autopilot package. It felt like the right time to pull the trigger on the update, so we made the purchase on March 1st.

The update was supposed to come down to the car in 3–5 business days, but there was an issue on Tesla’s side that prevented the company from seeing the $4,300 payment (with tax). A phone call and a few screenshots confirming payment from my end resolved the issue and a few days later, with no celebratory popup or notification, Autopilot was available in my Model 3. Yes, it arrived without a red carpet or even a popup notification. On a day like any other, we headed out in the Model 3 and I noticed that putting cruise control on resulted in the blue cruise control bubble, indicating Traffic Adaptive Cruise Control (TACC) was engaged. That blue color was instead of the normal black cruise control indicator. My ears perked up and I quickly attempted to engage Autosteer, only to find out that it did not work.

A quick flip into the settings revealed that the beta feature was disabled by default and can only be engaged when the vehicle is in Park. […]

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