Auto Shift function coming to Tesla Model 3 & Model Y EVs: Elon Musk
All Tesla electric cars that come loaded with Full Self-Driving (FSD) software will get the Auto Shift function as an option, the Palo Alto, California-headquartered EV giant’s CEO Elon Musk has announced.
The innovative Auto Shift function recently debuted on the latest versions of the Tesla Model S and Model X EVs. Now, using his official Tweeter account, Mr. Musk announced that this function will be available with all of the company’s FSD capable EVs.
Musk made the announcement in a reply to a query from a FSD Beta V9 tester. One of the customers noticed that his FSD-equipped Model 3 electric sedan started moving to a restaurant robotically, only requiring him to pull the gear. Hinting at the availability of more good stuff, Mr. Musk stated that the new function will not require the driver even to touch the gear shifter.
Making the announcement, Musk stated, “You don’t even need to touch the shifter in new S. Auto detect direction will come as an optional setting to all cars with FSD.”
In the latest Model S and Model X EVs, which have their FSD capabilities activated, the Auto Shift function has been made available as an option. Therefore, it is logical to assume that the Model 3 and Model Y will also get this function if they have their FSDs fully activated.
The innovative Auto Shift function makes use of Autopilot cameras to determine which gear should be used at a certain point of time. For instance, the new Tesla Model S electric sedan comes with the “Auto Shift Out of Park” feature which enables the system to automatically detect if the vehicle needs to be in ‘Drive’ mode or ‘Reverse’ mode, which in turn enables the EV to select the required gear using input from multiple sensors. More functions are expected to be added to the system in the coming months.
In a previous tweet, Musk had announced that the Auto Shift function would eventually enable EVs to perform maneuvers like three-point turns without requiring the driver to manually select the gear. At the time, that statement from the billionaire innovator was taken as an exaggeration. However, the availability of the Auto Shift Out of Park function now suggests that the ability to make three-point turns without requiring the driver to manually select the gear could become a reality sooner than later.
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