How Park Assist Works on Model 3

Model 3 has several sensors designed to detect the
presence of objects. When driving slowly in Drive or
Reverse (for example, when parking), the vehicle alerts
you if an object is detected in close proximity of your
Model 3. Objects are only detected in the direction of
the gear you selected; front objects in Drive, rear objects
in Reverse.

WARNING: You may not be alerted if Model 3 rolls
freely in the opposite direction of the selected
gear (for example, Park Assist does not display an
alert if Model 3 rolls backwards down a hill while in

The sensors are activated when driving slower than
5 mph (8 km/h).

WARNING: Never depend on Park Assist to inform
you if an area you are approaching is free of
objects and/or people. Several external factors can
reduce the performance of Park Assist, causing
either no readings or false readings.
Therefore, depending on Park Assist to determine
if Model 3 is approaching an obstruction can result
in damage to the vehicle and/or objects, and can
potentially cause serious injury. Always inspect the
area with your own eyes. When reversing, perform
shoulder checks and use all mirrors. Park assist
does not detect children, pedestrians, bicyclists,
animals, or objects that are moving, protruding,
located too far above or below the sensors, or too
close or too far from the sensors. Park Assist is for
guidance purposes only and is not intended to
replace your own direct visual checks. It is not a
substitute for careful driving.

Visual and Audio Feedback

When you shift to Reverse, the Park Assist view displays
on the touchscreen, showing objects that are in close
proximity to the front and rear of Model 3. This view
closes when you shift into Drive unless an object is
detected close to the front of Model 3, in which case the
Park Assist view closes automatically when your driving
speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h). When reversing, visual
feedback also displays on the touchscreen .
You can manually close the park assist view on the
touchscreen by touching the X in the bottom corner.

When driving with the Camera app displayed on the
touchscreen, you can switch to the Park Assist view
when driving at speeds below 5 mph (8 km/h). Touch
the button located in the upper left corner of the
Camera app window. This is useful if you need assistance
with parallel parking.

If chimes are turned on, an audible beep sounds as you
approach an object. You can temporarily mute the chime
by pressing the scroll button on the left side of the
steering wheel or by touching the mute button on the
bottom left corner of the Park Assist view.

NOTE: If a sensor is unable to provide feedback, the
touchscreen displays an alert message.

CAUTION: Keep sensors clean from dirt, debris,
snow, and ice. Avoid using a high pressure power
washer on the sensors and do not clean a sensor
with a sharp or abrasive object that can scratch or
damage its surface.

CAUTION: Do not install accessories or stickers on
or near the parking sensors.

Controlling Audible Feedback

You can use Park Assist with or without audible
feedback. To turn chimes on or off, touch Controls >
Safety & Security > Park Assist Chimes.

Limitations and False Warnings

The parking sensors may not function correctly in these

• 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,
• The object is located below approximately 8 inches
(20 cm) (such as a curb or low barrier).

CAUTION: Shorter objects that are detected
(such as curbs or low barriers) can move into
the blind spot of the sensors. Model 3 cannot
alert you about an object while it is in the blind
spot of the sensors.

• Weather conditions (heavy rain, snow, or fog) are
interfering with sensor operation.
• The object is thin (such as a sign post).
• A sensor’s operating range has been exceeded.
• The object is sound-absorbing or soft (such as
powder snow).
• The object is sloped (such as a sloped embankment).
• Model 3 has been parked in, or being driven in,
extremely hot or cold temperatures.
• The sensors are affected by other electrical
equipment or devices that generate ultrasonic waves.
• You are driving in a location where the sensors’
ultrasonic waves are deflected away from the vehicle
(such as driving next to a wall or pillar).
• The object is located too close to the bumper.
• A bumper is misaligned or damaged.
• An object that is mounted to Model 3 is interfering
with and/or obstructing the sensor (such as a bike
rack or bumper sticker).
• Model 3 rolls freely in the opposite direction of the
gear you selected (for example, Park Assist does not
display an alert if Model 3 rolls backwards down a hill
while in Drive).

Other Parking Aids

In addition to Park Assist, when shifted into Reverse, the
backup camera displays a view of the area behind Model