At first, the feature will require drivers to confirm suggested lane changes by using the turn stalk, but Tesla says future versions of the feature can function without user confirmation. Still, the manufacturer underlines that the driver is responsible for the car even when using the feature. The required stalk confirmation comes as a direct contrast to BMWs changing lanes without using the turn stalk.
The system includes four settings for speed-based lane changes, ranging from mild, average, the charmingly named “Mad Max” and off, and it’ll detect when traffic causes the car to travel slower than desired. The “Mild” setting suggests a lane change when traffic moves significantly slower compared to the set speed, and “Mad Max” is eagerly ready to switch lanes when traveling just a bit slower.
Navigate on Autopilot is only available with Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot setup, which uses ultrasonic sensors, radar, cameras and machine learning to function. The feature was introduced on October 26th.