Tesla offers drivers a free trial of the upgraded autopilot


The company simply reduced the price of the Enhanced Autopilot package by $ 1,500 for qualified customers. Driver assistance features include auto parking, lane change assistance and travel speed control.

Tesla customers who do not already have a boosted autopilot and have never participated in a free trial of the service can try it free of charge for 30 days. For a week after the trial, they are eligible to receive the upgrade for $ 5,500 instead of $ 7,000, the company said in a recent blog post. The news was reported earlier than tech blog Electrek.
A representative of Tesla (TSLA) did not say how long the promotion will last.

Tesla's offer comes in the hands of an updated software version called Autopilot Navigation. The feature can automatically drive a car on a highway. It can propose and perform lane changes, navigate motorway junctions and get out. Customers already owning the enhanced autopilot can add free navigation to the Autopilot via a software update and the feature will be included in the Enhanced Autopilot free trial.

Tesla announced the new features October 26. It is currently testing the beta feature.

What is Autopilot?

Tesla includes some autonomous safety features, such as the emergency braking system. However, drivers have to pay for upgrading the enhanced auto pilot to use functions such as "Summon", which allows cars to drive in and out of narrow parking spaces. The enhanced auto pilot also includes "Cruise Control Cruise Control", which automatically keeps a car at the speed of traffic. Features can be added to any Tesla vehicle for $ 5,000 at the time of purchase.

Despite its name, Tesla's Autopilot system is not completely autonomous – even with the Autopilot navigation. The system handles some functions, but Tesla instructs drivers to remain committed and hold their hands at the wheel at all times. Drivers must also confirm when Autopilot mode suggests changes to the lane.

Consumer Reports has recently reviewed the Autopilot navigation feature and concluded that it was "technologically impressive". But the testers "also had serious concerns about how the feature is being performed in real driving, especially in heavy traffic."

As Keith Barry published in Consumer Reports, in his article, "While Autopilot navigation does not in any way transform a Tesla into self-driving, it offers a look at what the future of vehicle autonomy – including possible problems. "He observed, for example, that the autopilot navigation system occasionally suggested a lane change that would have interrupted another driver.

The autopilot was a source of controversy for Tesla. Critics have claimed that the name Autopilot suggests that the car is capable of self-driving, which can lead drivers to a false sense of security. Tesla argues that the feature saves lives.