The Tesla Model S Plaid is the first car in the company’s lineup of vehicles that features a dedicated “Auto Shift” function. Auto Shift taps into Tesla’s Autopilot cameras and neural networks to determine if a vehicle should be in Drive, Neutral, Reverse, and Park. This, according to Elon Musk, will eventually feel natural, so much so that drivers may get annoyed going back to using a gear shifter later on.
A video of the feature in action has recently been shared by a Model S owner who took delivery of his large premium sedan last week. In the minute-long clip, Model S owner Omar Sultan specifically demonstrated how his car’s “Auto Shift out of Park” feature works. And just as Elon Musk hinted, the function does appear to be quite natural, at least to a point.
If you let off the pedal, it stops moving and the hold function kicks in. In my case, once I am done backing out, I swipe on the screen shifter and head on my way. The screen shifter (and "park" button) are visible when the car is not moving.
— Omar #BLM Sultan (@omarsultan) June 13, 2021