Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: How It Works

Your Model S includes the following components that actively monitor the surrounding area:

About Autopilot

  1. A camera is mounted above the rear license plate.
  2. Ultrasonic sensors are located in the front and rear bumpers.
  3. A camera is mounted in each door pillar.
  4. Three cameras are mounted to the windshield above the rear view mirror.
  5. A camera is mounted to each front fender.
  6. Radar (if equipped) is mounted behind the front bumper.

Model S is also equipped with high precision electronically-assisted braking and steering systems.

In addition, the cabin camera can determine driver inattentiveness and provide alerts when Autopilot is engaged. By default, data from the camera does not leave the vehicle itself. In other words, data is not saved or transmitted unless you enable data sharing. To enable data sharing, touch Controls > Software > Data Sharing > Allow Cabin Camera Analytics. Cabin Camera Analytics helps Tesla continue to develop even safer vehicles in the future. See Cabin Camera.

NOTE: Ensure all cameras and sensors (if equipped) are clean before each drive. See Cleaning Cameras and Sensors for more information. Dirty cameras and sensors, as well as environmental conditions such as rain and faded lane markings, can affect Autopilot performance.

Active Safety Features

These Active Safety features are designed to increase your safety:

  • Lane Assist
  • Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Speed Assist
  • Cabin Camera

You can enable/disable some of these features and in some cases, control how they work. To access settings for these features, touch Controls > Autopilot.


     Autopilot Features

    NOTE: Depending on market region, vehicle configuration, options purchased, and software version, your vehicle may not be equipped with all features listed below, or a feature may not operate exact


    Many factors can impact the performance of Autopilot components, causing them to be unable to function as intended. These include (but are not limited to): Poor visibility (due to heavy rain, snow

     Cleaning Cameras and Sensors

    To ensure the various Autopilot components can provide information that is as accurate as possible, keep them clean and free of obstructions, condensation, or damage (see Cleaning). Condensation c


     Brake Caliper Pad Slides

    Note: This is recommended for cold weather regions. Note: Cleaning and lubricating the caliper pad slides/abutments is not included in the Annual Service price.  Note: Perform the following steps on all 4 calipers. Remove the pad retaining pins and collect the anti-rattle spr

     Recover Refrigerant and Verify Charge

    Note: Before beginning this section, complete the "Set Up HVAC Machine" section. Connect a laptop with Toolbox to the vehicle. Remove the rear underhood apron (refer to procedure). Remove the dust caps from the vehicle's high-side and low-side service ports.

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