In a notable development for Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) capabilities, the company has quietly introduced a new feature, “Autosteer on City Streets,” in the United States and Canada. This addition comes alongside previously available functionalities like traffic light and stop sign control.
The updated description on Tesla's online configurator now states that with Full Self-Driving Capability, “Your car will be able to drive itself almost anywhere with minimal driver intervention and will continuously improve.” This modification follows years of anticipation, as the “Autosteer on City Streets” feature had been listed as “Coming soon” for over four years prior to this recent update.
BREAKING: @Tesla no longer lists "Autosteer on city streets" as a coming soon feature. It had been listed as "coming soon" for the past 4+ years.
This might seem like a small change, but it's a big one. This indicates that Tesla is getting very confident in FSD's capabilities. pic.twitter.com/NYYNvrBhqp
— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) September 3, 2023
This change comes in the wake of a series of adjustments to Tesla's pricing structure, affecting both its vehicle portfolio and individual options. Just last week, the purchase price of Full Self-Driving was reduced by $3,000 in the United States, dropping from $15,000 to $12,000. Meanwhile, the Model S and Model X received significant price cuts, with the removal of the short-lived Standard Range trim level.
It is important to note that the new “Autosteer on City Streets” feature is currently available exclusively in the United States and Canada, as indicated on Tesla's official website. In other regions, such as Europe, this feature is still listed as “Coming soon.” In Mexico, traffic light and stop sign control are also unavailable.
To provide context, here is a summary of the various driving assistance systems offered by Tesla:
- Basic Autopilot: Included as standard on all new Tesla vehicles, it offers traffic-aware cruise control and lane-centering, commonly referred to as Autosteer.
- Enhanced Autopilot: Available as a $6,000 option in the US, it includes all features of Basic Autopilot and adds Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Autopark, Summon, and Smart Summon.
- Full Self-Driving Capability: Building upon Enhanced Autopilot, this package adds Autosteer on City Streets and Traffic and Stop Sign Control (in the United States and Canada) for an additional $15,000.
- Active Safety Features: All new Teslas come with standard active safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Lane Departure Avoidance, among others.
Tesla emphasizes that while these features are designed to become more capable over time, they are intended for use with a fully attentive driver who keeps their hands on the wheel and is ready to take control at any moment. The company continues to assert that the currently enabled features do not render the vehicle fully autonomous.