Tesla Autopilot Vs FSD (Full Self Driving) System: What Are The Main Differences?

Both Autopilot and FSD are driving assistance suites with differences in their capabilties.

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Tesla autopilot vs full self driving (FSD)
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So far, electric vehicle maker Tesla has rolled out so many updates that sometimes people get confused between Tesla Autopilot and FSD (full self-driving system).

Both Autopilot and FSD are driving assistance packages; however, there’s a slight difference in the features they offer. These technologies are designed to make Tesla cars autonomous and become more capable over time. Hence, new features keep on adding and improving.

Therefore, to keep you updated, we have explained and outlined the major differences between the two in brief.

Tesla Autopilot Features

What Is Tesla Autopilot
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Tesla Autopilot is a driver assistance suite that improves overall safety and comfort behind the wheels. The system uses components like multiple cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, computer, etc., to function properly.

Due to these components, Tesla Autopilot adds an extra layer of safety and makes driving less stressful. However, it’s mandatory to keep your hands on wheels while using Autopilot, otherwise, it’ll disengage.

Autopilot package mainly performs two functions: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer.

Tesla Autopilot system comes standard across all vehicles of the automaker, and the owners don’t have to pay extra price for it.

Tesla Full Self Driving (FSD) System

Tesla autopilot full self driving
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If you notice, the Tesla website advertises many features under the Tesla Autopilot system. However, users only get Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer while the rest of the features are bundled to the FSD package.

In addition to the aforementioned capabilities, Tesla FSD includes:

  • Navigate On Autopilot
  • Auto Lane Change
  • Autopark
  • Summon
  • Smart Summon
  • Full Self-Driving (FSD) Computer
  • Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta)
  • Autosteer on city streets (Upcoming)

While most of these features are available in the FSD package, the ‘Traffic Light and Stop Control’ is in the Beta stage, and Autosteer on city streets will come later this year.

Tesla has given access to a limited number of owners under beta testing of the ‘Traffic Light and Stop Control’ feature.

Anyway, to enjoy these benefits, you have to pay an extra $10,000 for the FSD package. You can purchase it while buying your car or even after the delivery.

Existing users can also upgrade their Autopilot suite to an FSD by purchasing it online.

Although it’s a full self-driving package, Tesla says the current set of features does not make the vehicle autonomous. Also, similar to Autopilot, drivers always have to keep their hands on the steering wheel and should always stay attentive to take on the control.

Tesla Autopilot Vs FSD (Full-Self Driving): Key Differences

Although we have outlined all the main differences between both the packages, here’s a small table to simplify the data.

Tesla AutopilotTesla FSD
Traffic Aware Cruise ControlYesYes
AutosteerYesYes
Navigate On AutopilotNoYes
Auto Lane ChangeNoYes
AutoparkNoYes
SummonNoYes
Traffic and Stop Sign Control (Beta)NoYes
Mandatory Hands-On Steering WheelYesYes
Free Of CostYesNo

We have tried to put the major data in this small table. We hope it would be sufficient to understand the basic difference between Tesla Autopilot and FSD.

Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar

Shaheer Anwar is an automotive enthusiast and writes about the latest trends happening in the industry. He covers topics related to electric and hybrid vehicles.
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