The name might be a bit of a misnomer, but the tech is ready to roll.
Tesla has been a pioneer in a number of new technologies. Of course, electrification has been the major one, with Elon Musk bringing EVs to the world that boast usable real-world range, rapid charging, and performance that has been an eye-opener to even Koenigsegg. But autonomous driving has been another focus of the brand, with the Autopilot suite of semi-autonomous software making news headlines since day one, partially due to Tesla's use of the public as beta-testers, and partially due to the fact that the tech seems to work so much better than so many rivals.
Since late last year, however, Tesla has been touting a new addition to the suite. While the name 'Full Self-Driving Capability' might be a bit misleading, it promised the use of Autopilot within city limits, including advanced street sign recognition and the ability to respond to traffic signals changing. Now we can see the first fruits of this development, as a video has surfaced on Twitter courtesy of Out of Spec Motoring showing a Tesla Model 3 coming to a complete halt for a red light.
In the video, we can see a Model 3 with Autopilot engaged traveling through a series of traffic lights in a town setting. With the video focusing predominantly on the screen, we can also see the Tesla's sensors picking up on moving traffic around the car, while various traffic signals flash up as the car approaches intersections. At around the 50-second mark in the video, the car approaches a red traffic light and automatically comes to a stop. When the light turns green, the Model 3 pulls away with the same level of response and efficacy as a human driver would.
The option of Full Self Driving Capability is currently available on all Tesla models as a $7,000 option. At this moment in time, it already includes features such as Navigate on Autopilot, taking care of all highway driving including overtaking and negotiating interchanges, as well as automatic lane changes, automatic parking, and the somewhat erratic Tesla Summon feature. The tech we see in the video, however, is what Tesla classifies as automatic driving on city streets, with the self-braking functionality extending to stopping at stop signs as well.
Those that don't opt for the self-driving computer at the time of purchase are able to get it fitted afterward, although Tesla is quick to point out that pricing will increase as the number of features do, so if you're looking at a new Tesla, it might be worth your while to get the functionality installed as part of your order.