Tesla Autopilot Not Working (How To Fix)

Autopilot is a very advanced feature that Tesla provides to reduce your workload as a driver and ensure the safety and comfort of your Tesla and you.

Imagine you are causing down the highway, resting your hands on the steering wheel and relaxed because your Tesla is navigating through the road itself because of its Autopilot feature but suddenly autopilot turns off automatically with any input from you. And now Tesla autopilot is not working. Wouldn’t it be frustrating?

Yeah, it would be. We have also faced the same problem. So we researched and found out all the possible causes and solutions for Tesla autopilot not working. In this article, I am going to explain to you these causes and solutions.

Let’s get started…

Tesla autopilot not working – Causes And Fixes

The problems that cause the autopilot not to work are turning off the autopilot, Sensors Malfunctioning, cameras malfunctioning, software glitches, and bugs misinterpretation of road signs and markings.

Now I am going to explain these problems and their solutions in detail.

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01. Turned off auto-pilot

Sometimes what happens is you have turned off the Tesla autopilot system unwillingly due to a slip of touch or someone else has done this playing with your Tesla settings and you won’t even know it.


So first of all make sure that all the features of autopilot are enabled or turned on.

To check whether the autopilot is on or off follow these steps,

  • Go to your Tesla touchscreen.
  • Go to the car settings page by clicking on the car sign at the left bottom of the screen.
  • Go to “Autopilot”.
  • Enable “auto-steer” and “full self-driving”.
  • And enable all the other features.

02. Sensors malfunctioning

The Tesla autopilot system relies on the sensors to perform well. Tesla uses sensors to detect the presence of vehicles nearby and to measure the distance between your Tesla and other obstacles.

Malfunctioning Sensors can also cause Tesla autopilot not to work. Accumulation of dust and debris on the sensors can also cause malfunctioning of sensors.


  1. First of all, make sure that there is no accumulation of dust or debris on your sensors that can cause malfunctioning of your sensors.
  2. Now ensure that your sensors are working properly and they don’t have any faults in them. If you suspect that there is any fault in your sensors contact the Tesla customer service or visit the nearest dealership. Professional technicians will inspect your Tesla sensors and will fix them or replace them if necessary.

03. Camera malfunctioning

Malfunctioning cameras can also cause autopilot problem. Tesla uses cameras to visualize other car’s road markings and road signs which helps the Tesla autopilot system perform its functions properly to ensure the safety of you and your Tesla.

Malfunctioning of these cameras can be caused due to accumulation of dust, interruption of obstacles, and faults in the camera itself.


  1. First of all, ensure that there is no accumulation of dust on the camera. If you find some clean the cameras.
  2. If there is any obstruction that is interrupting the camera’s view and causing it not to perform well, remove it.
  3. If you suspect that there is any fault in your camera, contact Tesla customer service or visit the nearest dealership. Professional technicians will check your cameras. If they find any fault, they will fix it or replace the camera with a new one if needed.
  4. Calibration errors in your Tesla cameras can also cause malfunctioning of cameras which is related to this problem.

Recalibrating the cameras can also fix this problem and cause your Tesla autopilot to work properly.

To recalibrate the cameras follow these steps,

  • Go to “controls”.
  • Go to “services”.
  • Tap on “Calibrate Cameras“.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and complete each step as instructed.

Your camera will be calibrated after following these steps.

04. Software glitches and bugs

Glitches and bugs in your Tesla software can also cause the issue. Glitches and bugs can enter your Tesla software due to third-party apps or connecting third-party devices with your Tesla.


01. The outdated app is a reason for these bugs and glitches that can lead to this problem. Or maybe the new update has some new features in it or has modified your Tesla autopilot system. Updating the Tesla software can fix this problem.

To update your Tesla software follow these steps,

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable network.
  • Tap on the “Controls” icon on the screen.
  • Select “Software” from the menu.
  • Look for the “Software Update” button to check for available updates.
  • Click on “Install Now“.

02. Remove these third-party apps from your Tesla MCU or disconnecting third-party devices from your Tesla can remove the glitches and bugs from your Tesla software and can fix this problem.

03. Performing a soft reset can also fix this problem.

To perform a soft reset follow these steps,

  • Ensure your Tesla is parked and brakes are engaged.
  • Hold down both of the scroll buttons on your steering wheel.
  • Wait for the touchscreen to turn black.
  • Wait for extra 30 seconds after the Tesla logo appears for the complete soft reboot.

04. If the soft reset doesn’t fix the problem try hard resetting your Tesla. You should try the hard reset only if other solutions don’t work because the hard reset will remove all the data and information that you have provided to your Tesla.

Follow these steps to perform a hard reset;

  • Ensure that your Tesla is parked, and the vehicle is turned off.
  • Open the front trunk and locate the 12V battery.
  • Disconnect the Negative Terminal from the battery.
  • Leave the negative terminal disconnected for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Reconnect the Negative Terminal and Turn on your Tesla.

05. Misinterpretation of Road Signs and Marking

Sometimes you are on such roads that don’t have proper road markings and signs. These markings and signs are not that much prominent that your tesla could detect and read these signs and markings.


Clean your sensors and cameras and move to the area where road markings are more prominent.

06. Connect customer support

We have tried and discussed all the problems that can cause the issue of Tesla autopilot but if the autopilot is still not working, try connecting with the Tesla customer service. They will diagnose the problem and will assist you to fix this problem.

Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the possible causes and solutions for the problem of Tesla autopilot not working. The problems and solutions are explained in this article. The solutions include

  1. Ensure that Tesla autopilot is enabled.
  2. Clean your sensors.
  3. Fix the sensors.
  4. Clean the cameras.
  5. Recalibrate the cameras.
  6. Fix the cameras
  7. Remove the third-party app or devices
  8. Perform a soft reset
  9. Perform a hard reset
  10. Ensure markings and signs are prominent
  11. Contact Tesla customer support

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some questions that you might have in your mind.

If you have something to share with us about this topic feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Can human error cause Autopilot malfunctions?

Yes, human error can contribute to Autopilot malfunctions.

Can weather conditions affect the performance of Tesla Autopilot?

Yes, adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, snow, or fog, can impact the performance of Tesla Autopilot.

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