Autosteer with Autopilot Tesla Model Y

When cruising at a fixed pace, Autosteer expands on Traffic-Aware Cruise Control by intelligently keeping the Model Y in its driving lane. You may also utilise the turn signals to move the Model Y into an adjacent lane with autosteer. Autosteer identifies lane lines and the presence of vehicles and objects using the vehicle's camera(s), radar sensor, and ultrasonic sensors to steer Model Y.

See Autopilot Overview and Features.

Note: Press Controls > Autopilot > Full SelfDriving Visualization Preview to see additional information about the road and its surroundings, including road markers, stop signs, stop lights, and objects (such trash cans and poles).

Caution: Make sure all cameras and sensors are in good working order. Autopilot performance can be harmed by dirty cameras and sensors, as well as weather conditions like rain and faded lane lines.

WARNING: Autosteer is a feature that requires input from the driver. At all times, you must keep your hands on the steering wheel. Autosteer should only be used with a fully attentive driver on motorways and limited-access routes. When using Autosteer, keep your hands on the wheel and be aware of the road and nearby traffic. On city streets, in construction zones, or in locations where bicyclists or pedestrians may be present, do not utilise Autosteer. Never rely on Autosteer to steer you in the right direction. Always be ready to act quickly if necessary. Failure to adhere to these directions may result in property damage, serious injury, or death.


How to operate Autosteer

Before you can use Autosteer, go to Controls > Autopilot > Autosteer (Beta) and turn it on.

The touchscreen displays a grey Autosteer indicator to signify that Autosteer is available (but not actively driving the Model Y).

To activate Autosteer, pull the gear lever all the way down twice in a row. Autosteer flashes a message on the touchscreen, reminding you to keep your eyes on the road and be ready to take control at any time.

The touchscreen shows the Autosteer indicator in blue to signify that Autosteer is now actively guiding Model Y. When Autosteer detects lane markings, the driving lane is highlighted in blue.

Note: You must be travelling at least 18 mph (30 km/h) on a roadway with visible lane markings to activate Autosteer when there is no car in front of you. When a vehicle ahead of you is recognised, you can use Autosteer at any speed under 90 mph (150 km/h), even if you are stationary (provided you are at least 5 feet (150 cm) distant from the car).

If you attempted to engage Autosteer while travelling at a speed that is not within the needed speed for Autosteer to work, the touchscreen shows a notice stating that Autosteer is momentarily unavailable. If the camera(s) or sensors aren't providing enough data, autosteer may be unavailable.

The driving lane is chosen depending on the car you are following if Autosteer is unable to identify lane markings. Autosteer, in most situations, tries to centre the Model Y in the driving lane. However, if the sensors identify the existence of an obstruction (such as a vehicle or a guard rail), Autosteer may steer the Model Y away from the lane's centre.

Warning: Autosteer is not meant to steer Model Y around objects partially or totally in the driving lane, and it will not do so. Always keep an eye on the road ahead of you and be ready to take appropriate action. It is the driver's obligation to keep Model Y under his or her control at all times.


Restricted Speed

Autosteer is designed to be used exclusively by a fully attentive driver on motorways and highways where entrance and exit ramps restrict access. If you use Autosteer on a residential road, a road without a centre divider, or a route with open access, Autosteer may limit the maximum permissible cruising speed, and the touchscreen will display a notice stating that speed is limited.

Whether or not you've defined a speed restriction offset can affect the restricted speed. Although you won't be able to increase your cruising speed, you can choose a more restrictive speed by lowering the speed limit offset, if applicable, or manually lowering the predetermined cruising speed.

When Autosteer is enabled and the speed limit cannot be recognised, Autosteer reduces your driving speed and restricts the programmed speed to 45 mph (70 km/h). Model Y may not stop for identified impediments, even if you manually accelerate to exceed the limited speed. When you let go of the accelerator pedal, autosteer slows down to the set speed. If you want to increase your set speed after leaving the road or disengaging Autosteer using the steering wheel, you can do so.


Hold Steering Wheel

Autosteer determines how to steer Model Y using data from the camera(s), sensors, and GPS. When Autosteer is turned on, you must keep your hands on the steering wheel. A flashing blue light shows at the top of the car status section of the touchscreen and the following message appears if it does not detect your hands on the steering wheel for a period of time:

Autosteer recognises your hands by detecting light resistance as the steering wheel rotates, or by manually rotating the steering wheel very lightly (not enough to regain control). When you engage a turn signal or utilise a button or scroll wheel on the steering wheel, Autosteer considers your hands to be recognised.

Note: The warning disappears when your hands are identified, and Autosteer resumes normal operation.

Note that Autosteer may also play a chime at the same time the message is displayed. When using autosteer, you must be aware of your surroundings and ready to take control at any time. If Autosteer is still unable to detect your hands on the steering wheel, the request is escalated by the playing of increasingly frequent chimes.

You must steer manually for the remainder of the journey. On your next drive (after you stop and shift the Model Y into Park), autosteer will be available again.


Take Over Immediately

When Autosteer is unable to steer Model Y, a warning bell is heard and the following message is displayed on the touchscreen:

When this message shows, TAKE OVER STEERING IMMEDIATELY.


Cancel Autosteer

When you: 

  • Start steering manually, autosteer will stop working.
  • You step on the brakes.
  • The maximum speed supported by Autosteer is exceeded–90 mph (150 km/h).
  • You pull up on the gear lever.
  • A door is thrown open.
  • There is an Automatic Emergency Braking incident.

When Autosteer is turned off, it emits a bell and the Autosteer icon either turns grey or disappears, indicating that it is no longer active or not now available.

Note: Traffic-Aware Cruise Control stays active if Autosteer is disabled because you started steering manually. By pushing the gear lever higher or tapping the brake pedal, you can disable TrafficAware Cruise Control as usual.

Note: After cancelling Autosteer, the Model Y switches into Neutral if you raise the gear lever upward and hold it for more than one second.
To turn off Autosteer, go to Controls > Autopilot > Autosteer (Beta).


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