Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot To Work (Again) Around the World
Above that, there are two systems, the "Enhanced Autopilot" or "Enhanced Autopilot / EAP" (depending on markets), and the FSD or "Full-Self Driving" system. The latter is available exclusively in the United States and Canada in a restricted beta phase - only drivers with the best driving history access the beta - although Tesla has been charging customers for this hardware and software capability for years now, to go "from A to B" even in urban areas, without placing hands on the wheel.
Recently, Trevor Page (@Model3Owners) questioned Elon Musk on Twitter, asking him that clients could choose if they want the basic package (Autopilot), the advanced version, or the FSD. Since FSD costs a lot more money and not everyone is going to appreciate the difference, the advanced version might suffice. Elon Musk replied with a simple “OK”.
On the official on-line Tesla configurator for Europe, the "Enhanced Autopilot" has a rate of 3,800 euros for the Model 3/Model Y, and includes: "navigate on autopilot, automatic lane change, Autopark, Summon and smart Summon". The FSD system - not yet functionally available in Europe - is officially called “Full Autonomous Driving Capability”, and in addition to the “Enhanced Autopilot” functions, it adds “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control and (coming soon) "Auto-Turn On Urban Roads"; the latter at a cost of 7,500 euros.
Tesla delayed the arrival of advanced Autopilot and FSD in Europe basically because they do not comply with the regulations yet; which however is not an obstacle to charging in advance for the functionality in their cars. The explanation is that the cars are factory-equipped with the necessary hardware for semi-autonomous driving, based on cameras ("Tesla Vision") and ultrasounds, and if the customer eventually ends up paying for the extra feature at some point in the future, the software will be finally activated.
Depending on the market, the basic Autopilot system is available, but the other two systems are not; in some cases only one of them is available. We can interpret Elon Musk's tweet to mean that Tesla owners worldwide will be able to choose which system they want, based on what they are willing to pay and the added value it provides to their cars. That will always be subject to EAP and FSD actually complying with local regulations, of course.
Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.