Tesla has removed the autopilot option from their online configurator, stating too many people are getting confused.
One of the main reasons people are into Tesla's vehicles is because they have an absolutely amazing potential to be a leader in the self-driving world. Despite that, the company seems to be pulling the full self-driving (FSD) feature from its line up of future vehicles for the time being. Their reasoning behind this move was explained by Elon Musk who responded on Twitter to a user who asked why the option had been removed. Elon said that it "was causing too much confusion."
Musk is likely referring to the confusion that people have about the recently announced cheaper Tesla model 3 configuration. You see, it's a possibility that some people were confused on what features they would be getting right off the bat with the cheaper model.
Now, the costs associated with the now almost-defunct option were not cheap. A customer would have to pay $5,000 if they selected the Enhanced Autopilot feature. According to Digital Trends, another $3,000 gets you Full Self-Driving, which would basically be activated in the future when the autonomous software was complete, had validation and regulatory approval. Given the situation, it's still possible to get the full self-driving option if you contact Tesla directly, but according to Musk, only for a week longer.
Also available off menu for a week. Was causing too much confusion.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 18, 2018
The FSD has a bunch of cool features. The original FSD description stated features like just telling your car where you need to go and then having your vehicle manage the route, traffic and more.
Now, some people are disappointed that Tesla has not yet released the FSD tool. They have good reason to be as according to Mashable, the service was expected to be out in 2016 but still doesn't seem to have an end in sight. Given, Tesla did kind of let people know that this was probably going to take a long time in a message on the site that says: "Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction.”
The good part to all of this is that the FSD feature will probably become available down the line, it's just a matter of time. People also need to understand that these types of things take a long time to build up. There's also the reality that Tesla wants to give this to everyone, that's why people have been paying in advance for this feature.