setting tesla auto pilot

Set Autopilot on Tesla

The autopilot automatically allows your car to steer, accelerate, and brake within its path. Autopilot features currently in use necessitate active driver control and do not render the vehicle autonomous. This guide provides instructions on how to set Autopilot on a Tesla.


  • Go to the settings menu.
  • Select “Autopilot”
  • Adjust for cruise control following distance, speed limit warning, relative/absolute speed limit and offset, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Adjust those to suit your preferences.
  • You’re done!


Cruse Follow Distance

Touch Controls > Autopilot > Cruise Follow Distance, then adjust the following distance by touching plus (+) or minus (-).

1 = you are very close to the other vehicle’s bumper.

The closest you get to the car in front of you, the more active TACC will be.

7 = the safest distance.

This setting allows cars to cut in front of you. You should be able to follow at a safe distance depending on the speed and volume of traffic and how courteous the other drivers are.

Speed Limit Warning

Tesla’s Speed Limit Mode allows Tesla owners to limit their car’s speed and acceleration. This setting displays the speed limit on display or can play a chime. The options are Off Display Chime. 

Speed Limit

You can set a relative or absolute speed limit. The recommended settings are relative, with an offset of +5 mph.

Forward Collision Warning

FCW checks for obstacles in front of the vehicle, but it would warn the driver in the hopes that they will respond before the car does. If the Tesla vehicle is obstructed, acceleration will be slowed to prevent the vehicle from crashing into objects.

The settings here are off, late or medium, or early.

Lane Departure Avoidance Assist

A driver may choose to have corrective steering applied to hold them in their intended lane with Lane Departure Avoidance. When the function is enabled, and a driver leaves a lane without turning on their turn signal, the vehicle can warn or assist the vehicle to stay in the lane. The car will also check to see if their hands are on the steering wheel.

The settings here are: off, warning, and assist. Here you can also turn on and off the following:

  • Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance
  • Blind Sport Collision Warning Chime
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Obstacle-Aware Acceleration

We hope you find the Set Autopilot on Tesla guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Tesla.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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