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UK Full Self-Driving Capability v Enhanced Autopilot

In the UK which option is best to go for Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot?

In the UK does the full list of Enhanced work (or is allowed):
  • Navigate on Autopilot
  • Auto Lane Change
  • Autopark
  • Summon
  • Smart Summon
Don't want to spend the money on Enhanced if some things can be used, don't want to pay the extra for Full Self-Driving if again it won't work in the UK. Some of my current Mercedes features don't work in the UK.
 
FSD a waste of money
EAP works on the Mway except for when phantom braking kicks in
It also works in the city fairly well, but expect it to throw a wobbler if any cars are parked in the road.

In short, when EAP works it feels like magic, as I'm sure will FSD but be sure as hell the car will drag you kicking and screaming into reality more often than not, leaving you pissed off you forked out for it

From the videos I'd say if you are in America go for the full FSD. Anywhere else no
 
To be honest, keep your options open as long as possible and don’t commit until you have to. It a quick after sale software feature enable that can be done at any time at the push of a button in the app. It’s quite possible that by the time you have made up your mind that subscription will be an option and/or a free trial.

This will give you a chance to try basic TACC and autosteer and see if they are up to your expectations.

As for your original thoughts, FSD doesn’t currently offer anything in UK that EAP doesn’t except for stopping at some junctions - I’ve turned mine off as it’s not ready for UK prime time. Otherwise FSD is a work in progress that doesn’t apply to UK and may never be complete by the time you change to a different car.

The other thing that FSD may offer is a discounted/free upgrade to new hardware if current hardware is found to be lacking for FSD. But that’s just a bit of wishful thinking on my part based on Tesla offering free FSD computer upgrade to earlier adopters and now updated camera suite. It may never apply to newer cars.
 
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GRiLLA

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In the UK which option is best to go for Full Self-Driving Capability or Enhanced Autopilot?

In the UK does the full list of Enhanced work (or is allowed):
  • Navigate on Autopilot
  • Auto Lane Change
  • Autopark
  • Summon
  • Smart Summon
Don't want to spend the money on Enhanced if some things can be used, don't want to pay the extra for Full Self-Driving if again it won't work in the UK. Some of my current Mercedes features don't work in the UK.
1. NoA - it works, but it is just recommending lane changes, not allowed to make them for you like in the US
2. Auto Lane Change - Yes, works great
3. Autopark - Yes it works, currently it will only park between two other cars but it seems that it will use vision next year to park between lines. Like most autoparks it's just slow.
4. Summon - Yes, but you need to be within about a meter of the car. I use it when washing the car.
5. Smart Summon - Yes, but given you need to be within about a meter, and the maximum distance is low, it's of no value

Full Self Driving currently only brings one minor feature, traffic light change detection. The weak argument is that it will improve, and the price will increase later. I live in hope. Apparently according to Shapps the UK will allows L3 autonomy in motorway traffic next year, so maybe Tesla will be part of that.

Also to mention, Tesla and WBAC assign no extra trade in value for either.
 

GeorgeSymonds

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Mar 16, 2018
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I agree with the others,

What you get as standard does the bulk of what you probably need
EAP makes lane change when using lane assist/keep easier but after that I don’t use any of the other features. I wouldn’t pay for it, it came on my car when I bought it
FSD has virtually nothing extra and used to have a ‘we’ll upgrade your hardware if needed in the future’ promise, but those in the US that didn’t buy FSD and need hardware upgraded parts to take out the subscription version are only paying $1000 to do so.

You can’t take out the subscription here yet, but pretty sure you will by the time FSD is doing something useful. I think for many that’s the way to go, just buy it for the months you’d use it a lot.

The level 3 option next year is interesting, but that’s predicated on a -10s managed hand back to the driver and not something Tesla seems to be even looking at currently so I’m not holding out much hope for that either,
 
I wouldn't spend the cash on EAP tbh... do the trial, for sure... but for us in the UK the only thing you get that's of any actual use is auto-lane change.

For me, EAP made the overall AP experience significantly worse. Phantom braking and random "weird" events much, much more common (read: occurs on every drive a few times common). In fact, it made AP unusable, because my passengers requested - for the first time ever - that I stop using it and just drive the car. The phantom braking events are a bit scary if you don't know what's happening or you've got someone on your bumper etc...

I'm not sure we'll see FSD anytime soon - the UK is a bit of a different beast in terms of driving than the US.
 

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