It is becoming more clear every day that the Model 3 is being designed as a car that will embrace autonomous driving. Where the S and X feel more like a bridge car that is evolving toward self driving, I believe the Model 3 will not feel complete until it gets there.The question is what do people expect the Model 3 process toward greater and greater autonomous abilities will look like? I do not believe the Model 3 will start completely ready for FSD with just regulations holding it back. However, I do believe the Model 3 will get there much more quickly than what we see now with AP2 hardware equipped Model S and X. What follows is my thinking based on the 3 main areas that enable Autonomous driving: hardware, software, and data. 1) Hardware: I would guess that the Model 3 hardware will be at least as good as the AP2 hardware that is on today's Model S and X. In fact there are indications it could be better. 2) Software: this one is tricky because Tesla is in turbulent transition replacing software they developed with Mobileye used on the S and X with AP1 hardware to its in-house software used on S and X with AP2 hardware. The latest update 8.1 shows that Tesla has made great strides with the software, but it also shows there is still a long way to go. My guess is that Tesla is currently throwing a lot of resources toward this developement and it will be way better by the time the Model 3 comes out and even better after the Tesla employees have received all their cars and deliveries to the general public start. But in order for even really well executed software to work well, it needs data which brings up the third category. 3) Data: from what I understand the Model S and X with AP2 hardware were not able to take the S and X AP1 driving data and run with it. Each significant change in AP hardware requires completely new data. Please correct me if I am wrong on this. One of my questions is will the Model 3 be able to use data from AP2 equiped Model S and X if it has the same number and relatively same placement of sensors? Or because the body is different, the sensor placement will be so different, the Model 3 will need to start over with data collection? Regardless, because Tesla will manufacture the Model 3 at a much higher rate than the S and X, I expect the data will come in very quickly. This of course is dependent on how well Tesla executes its ambitious ramp up schedule. The faster the ramp up, the more Tesla on the road, the faster the data collection. This means that if all goes well, the timeframe Model 3 drivers will have to wait for Tesla to make new AP features public should be relatively short as should their refinement. Bottom line, I am very optomistic about the Model 3's autonomus abilities. I would guess within a year from when Tesla starts Model 3 deliveries, it will be FSD capable with regulations increasingly becoming the bottleneck we focus on. Note: I am not anything close to an expert on autonomous driving and many of you know a lot more. So have at it and set straight anything I got wrong and of course add your thoughts.