Tesla has a solution so first-time customers don’t mess up with autopilot.

Since its inception, Tesla’s Autopilot has been the subject of controversy to the point that certain nations, like Germany, have banned the system’s name from being used commercially due to deceptive claims. There have been other incidents in the US where the client stated that he trusted the system’s complete automation—which is untrue—after the accident. So, Tesla wishes to fix it after a long period.


To avoid confusion and possible accidents due to misuse (as well as possible allegations against the company), Tesla will require its employees to give a brief demonstration of the semi-autonomous driving technology before delivering the vehicle to customers.

Elon Musk issued this “strict requirement” in an internal memo that Bloomberg News had access to.

In a letter to staff members, Musk mandates that they conduct a “brief driving test” with clients to demonstrate how the system works. Tesla refers to the system’s standard version as Autopilot, or Automatic Pilot, and its most advanced version as FSD, or Autonomous Driving Capability Total.

Despite their names and the fact that the technology is among the most sophisticated available today, neither of the two systems allows the driver to completely ignore the road while driving autonomously. Stated differently, these are Level 2 autonomous driving systems, meaning constant driver supervision is necessary.

Another worry that Musk has is that he thinks the Autopilot’s quick progress may make deliveries more difficult. “I know that this will slow down the delivery process, but it is still an important requirement,” the American billionaire says, pointing to his ignorance of the system’s capabilities. “This is very important.”


Workers must also make sure the system is working smoothly by inspecting cars coming out of the workshop.

Furthermore, as Musk revealed on his X (formerly Twitter) profile, Tesla will provide a complimentary one-month trial of the FSD (Fully Self-Driving Capability) package to all US customers, new and old.

These systems arouse controversy because, even though drivers must remain alert and keep their hands on the wheel, their titles imply that the cars can drive themselves. In the memo, Musk asserts that “almost no one realizes how well (supervised) FSD works,” a remark that he appears prepared to retract.

While it is not feasible, Tesla’s marketing promises that “your car will be able to drive itself almost anywhere with minimal driver intervention and will continually improve” in the future. Tesla is not the first company to offer fully authorized Level 3 autonomous driving; other manufacturers include Honda, Mercedes-Benz, and Li Auto. Some, such as Ford and BMW, provide a level 2.5 equivalent to that of Tesla.

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