Tesla admits its Full Self-Driving technology is a Level 2 system

Tesla began recruiting more beta testers for its Full Self-Driving technology in March 2021, but it privately confirmed the feature is not nearly as autonomous as its name suggests. Documents sent to officials in California in 2019 and in 2020 describe the extra-cost option as a Level 2 feature, meaning Full Self-Driving is certainly not fully driverless.

“Features that comprise Autopilot are Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer. Full Self-Driving (FSD) capability is an additional optional suite of features that builds from Autopilot and is also representative of SAE Level 2,” explained Eric Williams, the company’s associate general counsel for regulatory matters, in an email sent to a recipient at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on December 28, 2020, and spotted by The Drive.