Tesla has been delivering cars with Autopilot hardware installed regardless of whether the customer has bought the convenience feature package which enables its semi-autonomous driving feature. Tesla started offering free Autopilot trials to those customers starting in 2016 so that they could try out the feature free for one month before deciding whether or not they wanted to pay for the upgrade. It stopped the trials some time back but it appears that Tesla is now thinking about offering Autopilot trials once again.

The free Autopilot trial would enable automatic steering, speed, lane changing, and parking with Summon so that customers could get the full Autopilot experience. Once they signed up for the trial, they would also receive an email from Tesla with instructions on how to permanently get the Autopilot upgrade should they so desire.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned during the company’s recent shareholders’ meeting that Tesla is going to push out a new Autopilot update in the near future which is going to bring “significant improvements” to the semi-autonomous driving feature.

Once the update is rolled out, Tesla may start offering Autopilot trials again to get Tesla owners who have still not bought the Autopilot upgrade to give the system another shot. Musk said that the free trial may be offered “within the next couple months,” but didn’t say if it’s going to be a month-long trial like before.

Filed in Transportation. Read more about Autopilot and Tesla. Source: electrek.co

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