How to use Autopark on Model 3

NOTE: Depending on market region, vehicle configuration, options purchased, and software version, your vehicle may not be equipped with Autopark.

Autopark uses data from the cameras and ultrasonic sensors and GPS to simplify parking on public roads by maneuvering Model 3 into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces.

CAUTION: Ensure all cameras and sensors are clean. Dirty cameras and sensors, as well as environmental conditions such as rain and faded lane markings, can affect Autopilot performance.

WARNING: Autopark’s performance depends on the ability of the cameras and ultrasonic sensors to determine the vehicle’s proximity to curbs, objects, and other vehicles.

WARNING: Do not use Autopark if anything, such as a ball hitch, bike rack, or trailer, is attached to the tow hitch. Autopark may not stop for hitches when parking between or in front of other vehicles.

To Use Autopark

When driving, follow these steps to allow Autopark to maneuver Model 3 into a parking space:

  1. When driving slowly on a public road, monitor the touchscreen to determine when Autopark has detected a parking space. When Autopark detects a potential parking space, the touchscreen displays a parking icon. Autopark detects parallel parking locations when driving below 15 mph (24 km/h) and perpendicular parking locations when driving below 10 mph (16 km/h).

NOTE: The parking icon appears only if the vehicle’s position and/or the circumstances of the surrounding area are such that Autopark can determine an appropriate driving path. If Autopark cannot determine an appropriate path (for example, when driving on a narrow street where moving into the parking space causes the front of the vehicle to extend into the adjacent lane), you can either reposition the vehicle, find a different parking space, or park manually.

  1. Check to determine if the detected parking space is appropriate and safe. If so, pull forward and stop approximately a car length ahead of the parking space (as you normally would when parallel parking or when backing into a perpendicular parking space).
  2. Release the steering wheel, shift Model 3 into Reverse, then touch Start Autopark on the touchscreen.
  3. When parking is complete, Autopark displays the “Complete” message.

Autopark detects potential perpendicular parking spaces that are at least 9.5 feet (2.9 meters) wide with a vehicle parked on each side. Autopark detects parallel parking spaces that are at least 20 feet (6 meters), but less than 30 feet (9 meters) long. Autopark does not operate on angled parking spaces.

NOTE: If you press the brake pedal when Autopark is actively parking Model 3, the parking process pauses until you touch Resume on the touchscreen.

WARNING: Never depend on Autopark to find a parking space that is legal, suitable, and safe. Autopark may not always detect objects in the parking space. Always perform visual checks to confirm that a parking space is appropriate and safe.

WARNING: When Autopark is actively steering Model 3, the steering wheel moves in accordance with Autopark’s adjustments. Do not interfere with the movement of the steering wheel. Doing so cancels Autopark.

WARNING: During the parking sequence, continually check your surroundings. Be prepared to apply the brakes to avoid vehicles, pedestrians, or objects.

WARNING: When Autopark is active, monitor the touchscreen to ensure that you are aware of the instructions that Autopark is providing.

To Pause Parking

To pause Autopark, press the brake pedal once. Model 3 stops and remains stopped until you touch Resume on the touchscreen.

To Cancel Parking

Autopark cancels the parking sequence when you manually move the steering wheel, change gears, or touch Cancel on the touchscreen. Autopark also cancels parking when:

• The parking sequence exceeds seven moves.
• Model 3 detects that the driver is exiting the vehicle.
• A door is opened.
• You press the accelerator pedal.
• You press the brake pedal while Autopark is paused.
• An Automatic Emergency Braking (if equipped) event occurs


Autopark is particularly unlikely to operate as intended in these situations:

• The road is sloped. Autopark is designed to operate on flat roads only.
• Visibility is poor (due to heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.).
• The curb is constructed of material other than stone, or the curb cannot be detected.
• The target parking space is directly adjacent to a wall or pillar (for example, the last parking space of a row in an underground parking structure).
• One or more of the ultrasonic sensors is damaged, dirty, or obstructed (such as by mud, ice, or snow, or by a vehicle bra, excessive paint, or adhesive products such as wraps, stickers, rubber coating, etc.).
• Weather conditions (heavy rain, snow, fog, or extremely hot or cold temperatures) are interfering with sensor operation.
• The sensors are affected by other electrical equipment or devices that generate ultrasonic waves.

WARNING: Many unforeseen circumstances can impair Autopark’s ability to park Model 3. Keep this in mind and remember that as a result, Autopark may not steer Model 3 appropriately. Pay attention when parking Model 3 and stay prepared to immediately take control.