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Tesla Autopilot Settings and Configuration

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In this guide, you will discover Tesla Model 3 Autopilot system settings and how to configure those to fit your driving needs.


What is Tesla Autopilot?


Tesla Autopilot is a collection of advanced driver-assistance system features, including lane centering, traffic-aware cruise control, automatic lane changes, and many others.  


How to set the Autopilot Settings?

  1. Stop the vehicle and put the car in Park.
  2. Select the car icon at the bottom of the screendriving-menu


  3. A quick menu will pop up. Select Autopilot.  auto-pilot-menu

What is a "Cruise Follow Distance" Setting?

It is the setting of the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

The measurement is by car length. Minimum settings are one (1), and the maximum is seven (7) car lengths.

How to Adjust Cruise Follow Distance Setting?

  1. Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Press plus (+) to add car distance and minus (-) below the Cruise Follow Distance Setting label

What is the Autosteer feature?

This is a feature designed to keep your car in the center of the line while driving.

How to set Autosteer

  1.  Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Use the slider on the left of the Autosteer (Beta)


What is the "Speed Limit Warning" setting?

This setting will alert the driver when the speed limit is reached or will be reached. The driver can choose from Off, Display, or Chime options.  

How to set Speed Limit Warning Settings

  1. Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Press the OFF, Display, or Chime option below the Speed Limit Warning label.speed-limit-warning


What is the "Speed Limit" Setting?

This setting will trigger the Speed Limit Warning when the car is at the speed limit or a few mph before the speed limit.

It has two (2) settings, the relative and absolute settings. When it is set to absolute, The system will trigger the warning as soon as the car reached the speed limit.

When it is set to relative, the driver can set additional few miles per hour below the speed limit before the warning is triggered.

How to set Speed Limit Settings?

  1. Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Choose absolute below the speed limit label to set the actual speed limit.
  3. If "relative" is set, the driver can set the offset by pressing the plus (+) or minus to adjust the offset speed.speed-limit-warning2

What is "Forward Collision Warning"?

This will track the braking action of the car in front of you. This setting has 4 options: OFF, Late, medium, and early.

Early settings would trigger a warning as soon as the car in front of you decelerates.

The medium setting is milder in alert, and the late setting sends an alert with minimal margin.

How to set Forward Collision Warning?

  1. Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Choose off, late, medium, or early.forward-collision


What is "Lane Departure Avoidance"?

This feature can be turned to:

  • warning,
  • off,
  • assist

and works at speeds between 25 and 90 mph. This function lets a driver select to have corrective steering applied to keep the car in the intended lane.

When set in Warning mode, an alert will be thrown when the driver departs a lane without their turn signal on.

The system will also detect if the driver's hands are on the wheel and send a series of alerts when no hands are not detected.

When set in assist, the system will lead the driver back to the lane.

How to set Lane Departure Avoidance?

  1. Follow instructions from "How reach the Autopilot Menu."
  2. Choose warning, off, or assist.


Other Settings 

  1. Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance.
  2. Blind Spot Collision Warning Chime. - When enabled, you will hear a chime when a potential collision is detected while you are leaving the lane. 
  3.  Automatic Emergency Braking - This is a driver assist system that tries to identify possible frontal collisions using camera and radar systems and apply the brakes automatically to either prevent a collision or reduce the velocity of the impact.
  4. Obstacle Aware Acceleration - This will prevent the car from accelerating if the car in front is slowing down or nearing the minimum following distance settings.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How does Autopilot work?

  • Autopilot is built on a deep neural network. Autopilot system uses cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and radar for viewing and sensing the environment around the car. This suite provides drivers with a deep awareness of their surroundings. The system is equipped with a  powerful onboard computer that processes these inputs in a matter of milliseconds to help make your driving safer and less stressful.

Do I still need to pay attention while using Autopilot?

  • Yes. Autopilot is only designed to assist the driver and requires to be used by a fully attentive driver. It does not turn a Tesla into a self-driving or autonomous car.


  1. Tesla Autopilot
  2. Automatic Emergency Braking
  3. Blind Spot Collision Warning Chime
Tesla Autopilot Settings and Configuration