Autopilot Features

This topic describes how to enable and use the following driver assistance features.
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Note
Depending on date of manufacture, software version, and vehicle configuration, your vehicle may not be equipped with the following features, or a feature may not operate exactly as described.
  • Traffic-Aware Cruise Control: Like traditional cruise control, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control maintains a set driving speed. However, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control also slows down or accelerates Cybertruck as needed to maintain the following distance from the vehicle in front of you. While Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is engaged, you are still responsible for steering Cybertruck (see Traffic-Aware Cruise Control).
  • Autosteer: Like Traffic-Aware Cruise Control, Autosteer maintains a set speed (if there is not a vehicle in front of you) or a set following distance (if there is a vehicle in front of you). In addition, Autosteer detects lane markings, road edges, and the presence of vehicles and objects to intelligently keep Cybertruck in its driving lane (see Autosteer).
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    Note
    Autosteer is a BETA feature.
Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer use information from the cameras on Cybertruck to detect lane markings, road edges, and other vehicles and road users around Cybertruck.
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CAUTION
Ensure all cameras are clean and free of obstructions before each drive and before using Autopilot features (see Cleaning a Camera). Dirty cameras as well as environmental conditions such as rain and faded lane markings, can affect Autopilot performance. If a camera is obstructed or blinded, Cybertruck displays a message on the touchscreen and Autopilot features may not be available. For more information on specific alerts, see Troubleshooting Alerts.
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CAUTION
It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the limitations of Autopilot and the situations in which driver intervention may be needed. For more information, see Limitations and Warnings.

Autopilot Settings

Before you use Autopilot features, customize how they work by touching Controls > Autopilot.
  • Set Speed: Choose whether Autopilot engages at the currently detected speed limit or your current driving speed. Touch Controls > Autopilot > Set Speed and choose either Speed Limit or Current Speed.
  • Offset: If you choose Speed Limit, you can specify an offset by touching Set Speed Offset. You can choose Fixed (the cruising speed adjusts by a specific amount on all roads) or Percentage (the cruising speed is adjusted as a percentage of the road's detected speed limit).
  • Autopilot Activation: Choose how to activate Autosteer. If set to Single Click, both Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer engage when you single-press the right scroll wheel. If set to Double Click, you must double-press the right scroll wheel to engage Autosteer.
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    Autopilot Activation must be set to Double Click if you want to use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control independently of Autosteer.
  • Green Traffic Light Chime: In Canada and U.S.: If on, a chime will sound when you are waiting at a red traffic light and the light turns green. If you are not actively using Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and are waiting at a red light with a car in front of you, the chime sounds when the car ahead of you advances.

Traffic-Aware Cruise Control

Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is always enabled.

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When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is available but not engaged, the touchscreen displays the cruising speed in gray. The number shown represents the speed that will be set when you engage Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.
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When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is actively cruising at a set speed, the speed is highlighted with blue text.
To engage Traffic-Aware Cruise Control, press the right scroll wheel, then release the accelerator pedal to allow Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to maintain the cruising speed. You can apply the accelerator at any time to temporarily override the set cruising speed.
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If Autopilot Activation is set to Single Click, pressing the right scroll wheel once also activates Autosteer (which includes Traffic-Aware Cruise Control). Touch Controls > Autopilot > Autopilot Activation and choose Double Click to use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control independently of Autosteer when you single-press the right scroll wheel.

If you want a chime to sound when you engage or cancel Traffic-Aware Cruise Control, touch Controls > Autopilot > Traffic-Aware Cruise Control Chime.

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Warning
Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is designed for your driving comfort and convenience and is not a collision warning or avoidance system. It is your responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times. Never depend on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to adequately slow down Cybertruck. Always watch the road in front of you and be prepared to take corrective action at all times. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death. For more information, see Limitations and Warnings.

Autosteer

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Depending on date of manufacture, software version, and vehicle configuration, your vehicle may not be equipped with Autosteer, or the feature may not operate exactly as described.

To enable Autosteer:

  1. Touch Controls > Autopilot > Autopilot Features > Autosteer (Beta).
  2. After carefully reading and understanding the popup window, touch Yes.
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To indicate that Autosteer is available (but not actively steering Cybertruck), the top corner of the touchscreen displays a gray Autosteer icon next to the driving gear. In situations where Autosteer is temporarily unavailable, the Autosteer icon disappears. (For example, if your driving speed is not within the speed required for Autosteer to operate.)
To initiate Autosteer, press the right scroll wheel.
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If the setting for Autopilot Activation is set to Double Click, you must double-press the right scroll wheel to engage Autosteer (see Autopilot Settings).

Autosteer confirms activation with an audible chime and briefly displays a message on the touchscreen reminding you to pay attention to the road and be ready to take over at any time.

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To indicate that Autosteer is now active, the touchscreen displays the Autosteer icon in blue.

When Autosteer is able to detect lane markings, it displays the edges of the driving lane in blue on the touchscreen.

Whenever Autosteer is active, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is active as well.

In situations where the speed limit cannot be detected when Autosteer is engaged, Autosteer reduces your driving speed and limits the set cruising speed to 45 mph (70 km/h). Although you can manually accelerate to exceed the limited speed, Cybertruck will not brake for detected obstacles as long as you are applying the accelerator pedal. Autosteer slows down to the limited speed when you release the accelerator pedal. When you leave the road or disengage Autosteer by using the steering wheel, you can increase your set speed again, if desired.

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Warning
Autosteer is a hands-on assistance feature. Keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times, be mindful of road conditions and surrounding traffic, and always be prepared to take immediate action. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage, serious injury or death. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the limitations of Autosteer and the situations in which it may not work as expected. For more information, see Limitations and Warnings.

Canceling Autopilot

Traffic-Aware Cruise Control cancels when:

  • You press the right scroll wheel on the steering wheel.
  • You press the brake pedal.
  • You exceed 90 mph (150 km/h).
  • You shift into Reverse, Park, or Neutral.
  • A door is opened.
  • An Automatic Emergency Braking event occurs (see Collision Avoidance Assist).
  • The driver's seatbelt is released, and/or the driver gets out of their seat.

When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control cancels, the cruising speed icon on the touchscreen turns gray to indicate that Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is no longer active.

Autosteer cancels when any of the above actions are taken. In addition, Autosteer cancels when:

  • You exceed 85 mph (140 km/h).
  • You take over steering manually.
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    Warning
    If Autopilot Activation is set to Double Click and Autosteer cancels because you started steering manually, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control remains active. If Autopilot Activation is set to Single Click and Autosteer cancels because you started steering manually, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control also cancels.
  • You do not respond to repeated reminders to keep your hands on the wheel and subsequent messages on the touchscreen (see Driver Attentiveness).

When Autosteer cancels, a chime sounds and the Autosteer icon either turns gray to indicate that Autosteer is no longer active, or disappears to indicate that it is not currently available.

When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or Autosteer cancels, Cybertruck does not coast. Instead, regenerative braking slows down Cybertruck in the same way as when you move your foot off the accelerator when driving without Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (see Regenerative Braking).

While Using Autopilot

When Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is active and Autopilot is maintaining a set speed, the speed is highlighted with blue text on the touchscreen.

When Autosteer is active, the steering wheel icon is blue and the lane markings are highlighted in blue on the visualization.

If unable to detect lane markings, Autosteer may determine the driving lane based on a vehicle you are following. In most cases, Autosteer attempts to center Cybertruck in the driving lane. However, there may be situations in which Autosteer follows a driving path that is offset from the center of the lane (for example, if guard rails are detected).

Maintaining the Set Speed

When Autopilot is active, Cybertruck maintains your set cruising speed whenever a vehicle is not detected in front of it. When cruising behind a vehicle, Cybertruck accelerates and decelerates as needed to maintain a chosen following distance (see Adjusting the Following Distance), up to the set speed.

You can manually accelerate at any time by pressing the accelerator pedal, but when you release the pedal Cybertruck resumes cruising at the set speed.

Cybertruck also adjusts the cruising speed when entering and exiting curves.

When Cybertruck is actively slowing down to maintain the selected distance from the vehicle ahead, brake lights turn on. You may notice slight movement of the brake pedal. However, when Cybertruck is accelerating, the accelerator pedal does not move.

Changing the Set Speed

Roll the right scroll wheel up to increase, or down to decrease, the set speed.

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It may take a few seconds for Cybertruck to reach the new cruising speed.

Adjusting the Following Distance

To adjust the following distance you want to maintain between Cybertruck and a vehicle traveling ahead of you, touch Controls > Autopilot > Cruise Follow Distance or press the right scroll button on the steering wheel to the left or right.

The closest following distance is 2.

Each setting corresponds to a time-based distance that represents how long it takes for Cybertruck, from its current location, to reach the location of the rear bumper of the vehicle ahead of you. Autopilot retains your setting until you change it again.

As you adjust the following distance, the touchscreen displays the current setting.

Stopping and Slowdowns

When moving significantly faster than vehicles in adjacent lanes, Cybertruck automatically reduces the driving speed. This is especially helpful in heavy traffic situations or when vehicles are constantly merging into different lanes. When Cybertruck detects other vehicles driving significantly slower, the touchscreen highlights the adjacent lanes with arrows and detected vehicles in gray, and Cybertruck reduces the driving speed as appropriate. To temporarily override this feature, press the accelerator pedal.

When following a vehicle, Autopilot remains active at low speeds, even when Cybertruck comes to a full stop. For example, Autopilot remains active even if Cybertruck slows down to a complete or near-complete stop in heavy, stop-and-go traffic on a highway. When traffic starts moving more rapidly, Autopilot again accelerates up to the set speed.

Sometimes when Cybertruck is at a full stop, Autopilot goes into a HOLD state. If this happens, briefly press the accelerator pedal to resume cruising.

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When the HOLD status is active, the touchscreen displays the HOLD icon and a message that indicates that you need to resume cruise control.

Cybertruck goes into HOLD state while Autopilot is active in the following circumstances:

  • Cybertruck has been at a standstill for 5 minutes.
  • Cybertruck detects a pedestrian (the HOLD state may clear when the pedestrian is no longer detected).
  • Cybertruck suddenly loses visibility of the vehicle in front of you.
  • An obstacle is detected in front of Cybertruck.

Cruising Near or On Exits

When you are cruising near an exit on a controlled-access highway and engage the turn signal toward the off-ramp, Autopilot assumes you are exiting and begins to slow down Cybertruck. If you do not drive onto the off-ramp, Autopilot resumes cruising at the set speed.

In a region with right hand traffic, this occurs only when you engage the right turn signal when driving in the right-most lane within 164 ft. (50 meters) of an exit. Likewise in regions with left hand traffic, this occurs when engaging the left turn signal when driving in the left-most lane within 164 ft. (50 meters) of an exit.

When enabled while on a highway interchange or off-ramp, Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may reduce your set speed in 5 mph (5 km/h) increments – to as slow as 25 mph (40 km/h) – to better match the reported speeds of other Tesla vehicles that have driven at that specific location. To override this and continue cruising at your set speed, tap the accelerator pedal. The new set speed is maintained for the duration of the interchange or off-ramp (unless you override it or cancel Autopilot). After the interchange or off-ramp, the set speed may revert or change as necessary based on the new location. For example, if you merged onto a different highway, the set cruising speed reverts to what it was before driving on the interchange.

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In some cases (such as having insufficient data), Traffic-Aware Cruise Control may not automatically reduce the set speed on the highway interchange or off-ramp. Do not rely on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to determine an appropriate driving speed. Tesla recommends driving at a speed that is safe for road conditions and within posted speed limits.

When cruising onto an on-ramp to a controlled-access highway, Autopilot automatically adjusts the set cruising speed to the speed limit of the highway, plus any offset you have specified.

Overtake Acceleration

Engage the turn signal momentarily to accelerate Cybertruck towards the vehicle ahead of it. By momentarily holding the turn signal, you can quickly accelerate up to your set speed without having to press the accelerator pedal as long as:

  • Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is operating and detects a vehicle in front of you.
  • No obstacles or vehicles are detected in the target lane.
  • Cybertruck is traveling below the set speed, but over 45 mph (72 km/h).

Cybertruck stops accelerating when you reach your set cruising speed, if changing lanes takes too long, or if Cybertruck gets too close the vehicle ahead. Cybertruck also stops accelerating if you disengage the turn signal.

Stop Light and Stop Sign Warning

While Autopilot is in use, Cybertruck displays a warning on the touchscreen and sounds a chime if it detects that you are likely to run through a red stop light or stop sign. If this happens, TAKE IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION!

The visual and audible warnings cancel after a few seconds or when you press the brake pedal, whichever comes first.

Stop Light and Stop Sign Warning provides warnings only. It does not slow down or stop Cybertruck at red traffic lights, stop signs, road markings, etc.

Emergency Vehicles

If available in your market region, Cybertruck automatically reduces driving speed when lights from an emergency vehicle are detected when using Autosteer at night on a high speed road. When this happens, the touchscreen displays a message informing you of the slowdown. You will also hear a chime, and see a reminder to keep your hands on the steering wheel. When the light detections pass by or cease to appear, Autopilot resumes your cruising speed. Alternatively, you may tap the accelerator to resume your cruising speed.

Never depend on Autopilot features to determine the presence of emergency vehicles. Cybertruck may not detect lights from emergency vehicles. Keep your eyes on your driving path and always be prepared to take immediate action.

Driver Attentiveness

Autosteer determines how best to steer Cybertruck. When active, Autosteer requires you to hold the steering wheel. If it does not detect your hands on the steering wheel for a period of time, a flashing blue light appears at the top of the vehicle status section of the touchscreen and the following message displays:

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Apply slight turning force to steering wheel

When your hands are detected, the message disappears and Autosteer resumes normal operation. Autosteer detects your hands by recognizing slight resistance as the steering wheel turns, or from you manually turning the steering wheel very lightly (without enough force to take over steering). Autosteer also qualifies your hands as being detected if you engage a turn signal or use a button or scroll wheel on the steering wheel.

Autosteer requires that you pay attention to your surroundings and remain prepared to take control at any time. If Autosteer still does not detect your hands on the steering wheel, the flashing light on the vehicle status section of the touchscreen increases in frequency and a chime sounds.

If you repeatedly ignore Autosteer's prompts to apply slight force to the steering wheel, Autosteer disables for the rest of the drive and displays the following message requesting you to drive manually.

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Autosteer unavailable for the rest of this drive. Hold steering wheel to drive manually.

For the rest of the drive, you must steer manually. Autosteer is available again on your next drive (after you stop and shift Cybertruck into Park).

If you don't resume manual steering, Autosteer sounds a continuous chime, turns on the warning flashers, and slows the vehicle to a complete stop.

Autosteer Suspension

Use of Autosteer will be suspended if improper usage is detected.

When you or another driver of your vehicle receives five forced Autopilot disengagements, use of Autosteer is suspended for a week. A forced disengagement is when the Autopilot system disengages for the remainder of a trip after the driver receives several audio and visual warnings for inattentiveness. Driver-initiated disengagements do not count as improper usage.

You can see how many disengagements are remaining before Autosteer access is suspended by touching Controls > Autopilot.

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If your access to Autosteer is suspended, you are still able to use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and all active safety features are still enabled.

Take Over Steering Immediately

In situations where Autosteer is unable to steer Cybertruck, Autosteer sounds a warning chime and displays the following message on the .

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Take over immediately

When you see this message, TAKE OVER STEERING IMMEDIATELY.