Autopark

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Note
Depending on market region, vehicle configuration, options purchased, and software version, your vehicle may not be equipped with Autopark.

Autopark uses data to simplify parking on public roads by maneuvering Model 3 into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

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CAUTION
Ensure all cameras and sensors (if equipped) are clean. Dirty cameras and sensors, as well as environmental conditions such as rain and faded lane markings, can affect Autopilot performance.
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Autopark's performance depends on the ability of the cameras and ultrasonic sensors (if equipped) to determine the vehicle's proximity to curbs, objects, and other vehicles.
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Do not use Autopark if anything, such as a ball hitch, bike rack, or trailer, is attached to the tow hitch. Autopark may not stop for hitches when parking between or in front of other vehicles.

Parameters

Autopark detects potential parking spaces based on the following parameters:

Perpendicular Parking
  • Your driving speed must be below 8 mph (13 km/h). If driving too fast, Autopark may not be able to accurately detect your desired parking space.
  • The parking space must be at least 7.2 feet (2.2 meters) wide.
  • The parking space must have at least three visible lines for the vehicle to park into, such as parking lines, road markings, or distinct curbs. Autopark may not work in a garage, for example, without three visible parking lines.
  • Autopark may not work with textured road surfaces such as cobblestone or brick.
Parallel Parking
  • Your driving speed must be below 13 mph (21 km/h). If driving too fast, Autopark may not be able to accurately detect your desired parking space.
  • There must be a vehicle in front of the space you want to park in.
  • A distinct curb or edge must be visible. Autopark may not correctly identify the parking space if the curb is not distinct, such as grass or dirt.
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Note
Autopark does not operate on angled parking spaces.

To Use Autopark

When driving, follow these steps to allow Autopark to maneuver Model 3 into a parking space:

  1. While driving slowly on a public road, monitor the touchscreen to determine when Autopark has detected a parking space. The touchscreen will display a parking icon if the vehicle detects a potential parking spot.
    Screenshot of a potential parking space displayed with the icon shown.
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    Note
    The parking icon appears only if the vehicle's position and/or the circumstances of the surrounding area are such that Autopark can determine an appropriate driving path. If Autopark cannot determine an appropriate path (for example, when driving on a narrow street where moving into the parking space causes the front of the vehicle to extend into the adjacent lane), you can either reposition the vehicle, find a different parking space, or park manually.
  2. Check to determine if the detected parking space is appropriate and safe. If so, pull forward and stop approximately one car length ahead of the parking space (as you normally would when parallel parking or when backing into a perpendicular parking space).
  3. Release the steering wheel, shift Model 3 into Reverse, then touch Start Autopark on the touchscreen.
  4. Autopark displays a message when parking is complete.
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If you press the brake pedal when Autopark is actively parking Model 3, the parking process pauses until you touch Resume on the touchscreen.
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Warning
Never depend on Autopark to find a parking space that is legal, suitable, and safe. Autopark may not always detect objects in the parking space. Always perform visual checks to confirm that a parking space is appropriate and safe.
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When Autopark is actively steering Model 3, the steering wheel moves in accordance with Autopark's adjustments. Do not interfere with the movement of the steering wheel. Doing so cancels Autopark.
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During the parking sequence, continually check your surroundings. Be prepared to apply the brakes to avoid vehicles, pedestrians, or objects.
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When Autopark is active, monitor the touchscreen to ensure that you are aware of the instructions that Autopark is providing.

To Pause Parking

To pause Autopark, press the brake pedal once. Model 3 stops and remains stopped until you touch Resume on the touchscreen.

To Cancel Parking

Autopark cancels the parking sequence when you manually move the steering wheel, shift, or touch Cancel on the touchscreen. Autopark also cancels parking when:
  • The parking sequence exceeds seven moves.
  • Model 3 detects that the driver is exiting the vehicle.
  • A door is opened.
  • You press the accelerator pedal.
  • You press the brake pedal while Autopark is paused.
  • An Automatic Emergency Braking event occurs (see Collision Avoidance Assist).

Limitations

Autopark is particularly unlikely to operate as intended in these situations:

  • The road is sloped. Autopark is designed to operate on flat roads only.
  • Visibility is poor (due to heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.).
  • The curb is constructed of material other than stone, or the curb cannot be detected.
  • The target parking space is directly adjacent to a wall or pillar (for example, the last parking space of a row in an underground parking structure).
  • One or more of the ultrasonic sensors (if equipped) or cameras is damaged, dirty, or obstructed (such as by mud, ice, or snow, or by a vehicle bra, excessive paint, or adhesive products such as wraps, stickers, rubber coating, etc.).
  • Weather conditions (heavy rain, snow, fog, or extremely hot or cold temperatures) are interfering with sensor operation.
  • The sensors (if equipped) are affected by other electrical equipment or devices that generate ultrasonic waves.
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Warning
Many unforeseen circumstances can impair Autopark's ability to park Model 3. Keep this in mind and remember that as a result, Autopark may not steer Model 3 appropriately. Pay attention when parking Model 3 and stay prepared to immediately take control.